Postmortems

Jan 2004: "The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit suffered a debilitating anomaly that prevented communication

Jan 2004: “The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit suffered a debilitating anomaly that prevented communication with Earth for several anxious days. With the eyes of the world upon us, the anomaly team used each scrap of information, our knowledge of the system, and sheer determination to analyze and fix the problem, then return the vehicle to normal operation.”

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