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Latest Spirit Update
Spirit Remains Silent at Troy
Spirit Status for sol 2621-2627
Release Date: 5/26/11
More than 1,300 commands were radiated to Spirit as part of the recovery effort in an attempt to elicit a response from the rover. No communication has been received from Spirit since Sol 2210 (March 22, 2010). The project concluded the Spirit recovery efforts on May 25, 2011. The remaining, pre-sequenced ultra-high frequency (UHF) relay passes scheduled for Spirit on board the Odyssey orbiter will complete on June 8, 2011.
Total odometry is unchanged at 7,730.50 meters (4.80 miles).
Latest Opportunity Update
Crushing Rocks With Wheels
Opportunity Status for sol 3581-3588
Release Date: 3/3/14
Opportunity is exploring "Murray Ridge" on Solander Point, part of the rim of Endeavour Crater.
Investigation continued on "Anchor Point," Sol 3581 (Feb. 19, 2014) through Sol 3583 (Feb. 21, 2014), with Microscopic Imager (MI) and Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) on two soil locations.
On Sol 3585 (Feb. 23, 2014), the rover was driven to place its right front wheel on the rock "Sledge Island," then while the other wheels were kept stationary, that wheel was driven forward a quarter turn, then backwards a quarter turn. That was done three times and then the rover moved to see what it had accomplished. Sledge Island was indeed crushed, and parts of it were in the Instrument Deployment Device (IDD) work volume. The team generated a Microscopic Imager mosaic and placed the APXS on it Sol 3587 (Feb. 25, 2014). The subsequent integration appears to have been successful. This should largely wrap-up the work at the current location, though the team will attempt to crack "Stuart Island" under the wheel as the rover drives away.
As of Sol 3588 (Feb. 26, 2014), the solar array energy production was 464 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.498 and a solar array dust factor of 0.691.
Total odometry is 24.07 miles (38.74 kilometers).