Mars rover Spirit stuck, to stay put for winter

- The Mars rover Spirit has logged nearly five miles during six years of rolling around the red planet. It has driven forward, backward and uphill over plains, plateaus, and even a mountain as tall as the Statue of Liberty. No more. NASA on Tuesday declared an end to Spirit's roving career after repeated attempts to free it from a sand pit where it's been stuck for nine months. With Martian winter approaching, the focus will turn to improving Spirit's tilt so its solar panels can receive maximum sunlight.

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