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Parting Shots from a Mars Rover

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Spirit Rover on Mars

Image captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter March 31 shows glint of Spirit rover's solar panels as bright spot alongside the rock formation known as Home Plate.

NASA / JPL / University of Arizona

NASA is no longer sending commands to the Spirit rover on Mars, but the long-silent robot still has a few more chances to phone home. Not that anyone is expecting Spirit to call, more than a year after the six-wheeled robot went into a coma. But if Spirit does decide to make a resurrection, it better do it before June 8.

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