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Mars Team Digs in To Free Spirit
June 25, 2009
Mars Team Digs in To Free Spirit

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Mars team members have rolled up their sleeves and will be shaping a few tons of diatomaceous Earth and clay into an exact replica of the area where the Spirit rover is embedded on Mars. Recreating the conditions here on Earth in a testbed is important for testing the "Free Spirit" escape plans, which will occur over the next few weeks. Once a safe escape route is mapped, commands will be sent to the rover.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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