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Old 06-03-2011, 02:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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RIP Mars Rover Spirit.

As many here know I have been faithfully watching the progress of the Mars rovers. Amazed at how long they have lasted. Well it finally had to end. They have been trying to reestablish communications with the "Little Rover that could" up on Mars. But on May 25th they finally let it go. So while it still sits there in the Martian sand, there is little hope to see it roaming the red planet ever again. It way outlived its planned life, and I for one, having nothing to do with it, other than watch it's progress, and final demise, am quite proud of the little bugger for plodding along as well as it did. Rest in peace up there little fella. Maybe some Martian kid will find you one day, dust you off and get your running again. Hopefully one day we will land there and go find those rovers and bring them home again.

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Old 06-03-2011, 04:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Think about how fantastic the entire project was. A tiny spec of US Technology blasted through to another world collecting data and reporting back to us.

This is just amazingly incredible.

It saddens me to think that, 30+ years since I watched men walk on the moon, it's not likely I'll see anyone walk on Mars.

It seemed like the world was our oyster in 1969. *sigh*


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Old 06-03-2011, 05:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Naga, you know, I wouldn't take that bet! :-)

When I was a kid of about 10, say 1958. my neighbor asked if man would ever walk on the moon. I said, "that's impossible" his responce was nothing is impossible, it's only improbable! Knowing what followed I'll never forget that!:-)

ALL HAIL THE ROVER!!!!!!:-) Fantastic job!
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It saddens me to think that, 30+ years since I watched men walk on the moon, it's not likely I'll see anyone walk on Mars.
Agreed - I can't imagine what the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo teams must be thinking now that we have to hitch rides with the commies.
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Not bad for a 90 day mission I'd say. She did awesome!!!!
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Blog - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory » Blog Archive » A Heartfelt Goodbye to a Spirited Mars Rover

"Spirit was designed as a 3-month mission with a kilometer of traverse capability. The rover lasted over 6 years and drove over 7.7 kilometers [4.8 miles] and returned over 124,000 images. Importantly, it is not how long the rover lasted, but how much exploration and discovery Spirit has done."

Wow! Now that is good engineering.
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Nice modern engineering. Small, cheap (comparatively), effective.

BTW, I think the private sector is only about 5 years away from reestablishing US dominance of space exploration and commercialization.

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Finally a govt project that worked and we got more than our money's worth. I'll drink to the Rover...Pete
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You might say that rover had alot of "spirit"!
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Naga, you know, I wouldn't take that bet! :-)

When I was a kid of about 10, say 1958. my neighbor asked if man would ever walk on the moon. I said, "that's impossible" his responce was nothing is impossible, it's only improbable! Knowing what followed I'll never forget that!:-)

ALL HAIL THE ROVER!!!!!!:-) Fantastic job!
Yes. interesting huh? In just 11 short years. Truly amazing.
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