Spirit Rover Sending Data Again, Status Unclear

NASA’s Spirit rover communicated with ground controllers early this morning, sending back some data and giving hope that normal operations might resume. NASA officials said in a statement this morning they had received a signal at the agency’s Deep Space Network antenna complex near Madrid, Spain at 7:34 a.m. ET. Spirit communicated for 10 minutes initially and then later for 20 minutes more, for a total of a half-hour of data transmission.