Mars rover opportunity hits rough sand

Jun 03, 2006
Mars Exploration Rover

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has run into troublesome sands that have embedded its wheels.

Opportunity has been slowed in the sands of Meridiani Planum and has made very little progress after almost 24 meters of wheel spin, Space.com reported.

Plans are under way to examine the state of the rover.

Space.com reports Opportunity has been moving over sand ripples, finding traction between flat-lying rocks. The rover has been making its way towards the large depression Victoria Crater.

In April 2005, Opportunity got stuck in a sand ripple that was later dubbed "Purgatory Dune." Opportunity's current situation is said not to be as difficult as it was at Purgatory Dune, which required five weeks of planning and testing to free the vehicle.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: GOES-R satellite begins environmental testing

Related Stories

Mars Rover Update

Mar 26, 2009

In January 2004, NASA landed two identical robotic rovers named Spirit and Opportunity on the surface of Mars. The twins were primed for a brief 3-month mission to tell us a story of water and possibly life ...

Recommended for you

How bad can solar storms get?

4 hours ago

Our sun regularly pelts the Earth with all kinds of radiation and charged particles. How bad can these solar storms get?

Mars rover's ChemCam instrument gets sharper vision

4 hours ago

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover's "ChemCam" instrument just got a major capability fix, as Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists uploaded a software repair for the auto-focus system on the instrument.

GOES-R satellite begins environmental testing

20 hours ago

The GOES-R satellite, slated to launch in 2016, is ready for environmental testing. Environmental testing simulates the harsh conditions of launch and the space environment once the satellite is in orbit. ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.