Looming Martian winter threatens Spirit rover Spaceflight Now

NASA Headquarters managers face an imminent decision to formally halt further extraction maneuvers by the Mars rover Spirit to conserve electricity and to save the rover’s life while it remains stuck in a sand trap 61 million miles from Earth.
After six years of roving, Spirit’s continued survival on Mars is now an open question as this marvel of robotics, human affection and ingenuity now risks freezing to death in the weeks ahead.