20000188 submission Submission + - Mars Rover Down? Spirit Stays Silent (discovery.com) Submitted by astroengine on Tuesday March 29, 2011 @07:46PM astroengine writes: "One year after NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit stopped communicating with Earth, mission managers have announced that they will give the stranded rover one more month to send a signal before they scale back the search. But things aren't looking good. In the words of JPL-based Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell, "Spirit was so close to us, just a year ago. Snap your fingers, and she's a hundred million miles distant and we can't even prove she's alive.""