The flight team for NASA's Spirit received data from the rover in a communication session that began at 13:26 Universal Time (5:26 a.m. PST) and lasted 20 minutes at a data rate of 120 bits per second.
"The spacecraft sent limited data in a proper response to a ground command, and we're planning for commanding further communication sessions later today," said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager Pete Theisinger at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
The flight team at JPL had sent a command to Spirit at 13:02 Universal Time (5:02 PST) via the NASA Deep Space Network antenna complex near Madrid, Spain, telling Spirit to begin transmitting.
Meanwhile, the other Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity is on course to land halfway around Mars from Spirit, in a region called Meridiani Planum, on Jan. 25 (Universal Time and EST; Jan. 24 at 9:05 p.m. PST).
Just finished watching separate JPL news conferences for both missions (~12-1 eastern), and, unless they've updated things in the past few hours, Spirit is still in "critical" condition. They were getting back very-low-level error data (120 bps versus 120 kbps normally), trying to figure out what's happening. It would be great news if I'm mistaken and events have changed that rapidly. -- John
The title of this thread should be changed. Spirit is most definitely not back in buisness.
It will likely be weeks before they evern figure out what went wrong. They said there was a very low probability that it will get back to 100% but also a very low probability that it will totally fail.
When I started the thread I didn't mean that everything was 100% but that they had communication and some pictures and there was hope that they would get some data back and the mission was not a total loss because of no communication or hope of it. It's back in business and they believe there can be a workaround to be able to salvage some of the mission goals.
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