Spirit on Mars

Mars rover Spirit has touched down, bounced around, landed right side up, and should now be deflating its airbags. Live updates from mission control here. (Link via /.)

Beagle 2, on the other hand, remains incommunicado. High-tech action and adventure, just 10 light minutes away.

Update: Scientists are really happy about the landing site, and the first low-resolution grayscale photos sent back from the probe’s Navcam are awesome. Wait till the full-resolution Panoramic Camera kicks in: then we’ll be getting even better photos from the red planet, and the Microscopic Imager might just settle the life question once and for all. (Wouldn’t count on it, though. These are geological rovers, not biological labs.)