So they got their remote-controlled toy car out of the sand dune, by moving it an inch at a time every day for a whole month. Joyous joy. And of course while doing sandbox simulations just to make sure that, god forbid, they don't get their precious car jammed up worse.
This is stupid. I think NASA is stupid. They've forgotten the main part of their mission - to impress taxpayers. That's it, they get their money to please us. We taxpayers like people going to space, we like the pretty pictures from Hubble, we like the Voyagers shooting off into forever - so guess what NASA is cutting or neglecting? Yep, these things. They'd rather play with toy cars.
The United States is quite good at building rockets. We have thousands of them, many loaded with nuclear weapons, there's even a chance that if the Armageddon battle took place some of them would even work (though given the temptations to skip on maintenance and the lack of tests, probably they're all duds). Anyway, we need to build real rockets and shoot people out into space.
Instead of dicking around with a toy car and dreaming of a new, improved toy car with a robot arm that can dig 3 feet down, why not send a man with a SHOVEL? And it's been what, 30 years, since chemical experiments to detect Martian microbial activity have been done? The only results they have look fairly positive, let's send someone down to get some otherworldy life forms, if there are any, why not?
NASA never follows anything up, they drop the ball constantly, and tweak around with stupid toy cars. Where are our interplanetary nuclear rockets? Where is the big dumb booster? Why, after all this time, are the Russians (although not doing much) still kicking OUR asses at manned spaceflight? Because NASA is lame.