A 7-year-old named Julian learned that the Spirit Mars rover was stuck and decided to help. He grabbed a pencil and sheet of paper and put his mind to work. Julian sent to NASA a drawing that shows the rover’s camera used as a tripod to lift the rover out of Martian sand.
NASA is going to try Julian’s idea, and they have sent him an award for ingenuity. Spirit launched in 2003 and has been exploring Mars since early 2004.