Mars rover battles for its life New Scientist

NASA’s twin Mars rovers have outlasted their planned three-month missions for so long that they seem indestructible. Nearly six years on, their presence on the Red Planet is taken for granted, as if they are immutable parts of the Martian landscape.
But we may soon have to confront a new reality. Spirit, which has always suffered more hardships than Opportunity, is facing its toughest challenge yet. When New Scientist went to press, the rover was set to begin a risky push to free itself from a sand trap it has been mired in for six months. Mission engineers say it may not survive the attempt. “She’s in a very precarious situation, and we don’t know for sure if we’re going to get her out,” says rover driver Scott Maxwell of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.