NASA Putting Mars Rover To Sleep To Save Money Jalopnik

Although it might seem like a headline from The Onion, the story’s actually true. NASA’s being forced to cut four million dollars from the Mars rover project. In order to meet that requirement, they’ll have to put one rover, Spirit, to sleep — a “hibernation” period. The team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) will also have to put the other rover, Opportunity, on a diminished work cycle. But in actuality, they won’t be cutting what Opportunity’s doing — they’ll just be spreading it out over a longer period of time.