From the MER Mission Site:
Spirit has been stuck in Martian soil since 2009, and spent the martian winter with it’s internal heaters off.
Mission scientists worry that Spirit may not recover from the cold.
If Spirit’s batteries do charge adequately, it may not be until at least October before any signals are sent from the trapped rover. The energy Spirit receives on it’s solar panels from the sun will peak around March 2011. If no signals are heard by then, it would pretty much end any chances of Spirit’s survival through the martian winter.
I got some feedback on yesterday’s post.
I have this for a response:
My Very Eccentric Mother Just Served Us Nachos
From the NASA press release:
Recently, six James Webb Space Telescope beryllium mirror segments completed a series of cryogenic tests at the X-ray & Cryogenic Facility at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
More information available here: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/news/releases/2010/10-094.html