The Mars rover, Spirit, is experiencing problems.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - NASA's Spirit rover stopped transmitting data from Mars for more than 24 hours, mission managers said Thursday, calling it an "extremely serious anomaly."
NASA last heard from Spirit early Wednesday, its 18th day on Mars. Since then, it has only sporadically returned random, meaningless radio noise, scientists said. Initially, the scientists believed weather problems on Earth caused the glitch. They said they now believe the rover is experiencing hardware or software problems.
"This is a serious problem. This is an extremely serious anomaly," project manager Pete Theisinger said.
That's only half of it. The problem is what the project manager saw transmitted from the rover.