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Spirit: A Star is Born, A Space Agency and A Nation Are Lifted

A.J.S. Rayl • January 06, 2004

If a Hollywood screenwriter had crafted the scenes for the last few days of the Spirit Mission Team at JPL as they really happened -- success after success, triumphant image after triumph he or she would be out of a job.

Spirit Spends First Full Days on Mars; Scientists Report "More Good News"

A.J.S. Rayl • January 05, 2004

With additional data due later today and early tomorrow morning, the mission team is hoping to receive and piece together the first color picture perfect panoramic postcard -- from the PanCam, a high resolution stereo vision camera -- for the briefing tomorrow.

Mars Rover 'Alive and Well' Returning More Images

A.J.S. Rayl • January 04, 2004

Spirit spent a quiet, cold night in Gusev Crater, and woke up to return streams of new data, including more black and white 'postcards' from Mars.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Lands on Red Planet, Returns First Images

A.J.S. Rayl • January 04, 2004

Spirit -- NASA's first Mars Exploration Rover -- survived the 'six minutes of terror' entering and descending through the atmosphere to land safely -- and upright -- in Gusev Crater on the Red Planet. Just two hours after the confirmation signal of the landing, the first engineering data and images began streaming into the MER Mission Control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where Spirit and her twin, Opportunity were built.

NASA Begins Countdown to Spirit's Arrival on Mars

A.J.S. Rayl • January 03, 2004

Spirit – the first of NASA's two robot geologists en route to the red Planet -- is “in “excellent” health, NASA and JPL scientists reported at a news briefing at JPL this afternoon, and the countdown to touch down on the Red Planet has begun.

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