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(Washington Post)   Opportunity reaches its 10th year operating on Mars. Did it do a good job? Can it come home? Guys? *sad robot eyes*   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 80
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2013-01-22 01:45:58 PM

SuperT: OceanVortex: Mars is great and all, and I think this rover is wonderful, but can we try Io or Europa now? They seem like better prospects for life at this point.

costs way more. and we can do it way less often because of how we limit our launches.


I think you mean Ganymede, Io is a radioactive hell, iirc. Titan is also a good shot, but i'm not sure how a rover would work there.
 
2013-01-22 02:03:49 PM
We need to get the guys who wrote the firmware for curiosity to write firmware for other electronics, like Xbox 360.
 
2013-01-22 02:04:59 PM
Lol poor opportunity, i can't even reference it right.
 
2013-01-22 02:20:32 PM

studebaker hoch: OceanVortex

Mars is great and all, and I think this rover is wonderful, but can we try Io or Europa now? They seem like better prospects for life at this point.

Given those two choices, if you're going to attempt a landing I'd recommend Io.


Europa's been forbidden to land on for almost three years now, anyway.
 
2013-01-22 02:22:27 PM

GiantRex: I hope that whenever humans decide to finally get around to landing on Mars our first order of business is to go pick up Opportunity. Nothing would be sweeter than bringing that daring rover home after all this time.

/and a tear would be brought to the eyes of xkcd readers everywhere


republibot.com

On the job
 
2013-01-22 02:31:53 PM

theresnothinglft: We need to get the guys who wrote the firmware for curiosity to write firmware for other electronics, like Xbox 360.


and you thought PC gaming was expensive .....
 
2013-01-22 02:40:21 PM
I hate you subby. I grown woman should not be sitting at her desk getting teary eyed over a robot. That being said I'd throw in some money to get the rovers home.
 
2013-01-22 02:51:26 PM

SuperT: We need to get our asses to mars. for no other reason than either

A)bring this badass robot home, the way it deserves. parades, etc.
B)build a museum of badassery around it.


C) Celebrate the extraordinary engineers that built such a marvel and give them as much money and support as they need to continue churning out wondrous tools of science
 
2013-01-22 03:17:02 PM

Frozboz: 10th year? Is subby from the future?

FTA: The six-wheel, solar-powered rover parachuted to Eagle Crater in Mars' southern hemisphere on Jan. 24, 2004


TFA states that it is "commencing" it's 10th year, I think that's what subby meant. Either way, even TFA was wrong. 2004-2005 is year one, 2005-06 year two, etc... It means that it has finished its eighth year and is entering its ninth.

Still, these Mars Rovers are farking AMAZING.
 
2013-01-22 03:38:41 PM

OceanVortex: Mars is great and all, and I think this rover is wonderful, but can we try Io or Europa now? They seem like better prospects for life at this point.


I was under the impression that we were to attempt no landing on Europa.
 
2013-01-22 03:41:06 PM

Mikey1969: Frozboz: 10th year? Is subby from the future?

FTA: The six-wheel, solar-powered rover parachuted to Eagle Crater in Mars' southern hemisphere on Jan. 24, 2004

TFA states that it is "commencing" it's 10th year, I think that's what subby meant. Either way, even TFA was wrong. 2004-2005 is year one, 2005-06 year two, etc... It means that it has finished its eighth year and is entering its ninth.

Still, these Mars Rovers are farking AMAZING.


2004-2005 Year 1
2005-2006 Year 2
2006-2007 Year 3
2007-2008 Year 4
2008-2009 Year 5
2009-2010 Year 6
2010-2011 Year 7
2011-2012 Year 8
2012-2013 Year 9

Which means it is just finishing its ninth about to enter its 10th. You dropped a year somewhere.
 
2013-01-22 03:46:00 PM

madgonad: Humans anthropomorphicise everything.

However, there will be a time - probably not in my lifetime - that some of the early martian probes will be brought home. Whether they are in a museum or some trillionaire's foyer depends on what kind of place the earth becomes.


Why bring them home? Once we finally colonize Mars, those probes will be the centerpiece of the colony museum there. That would be like finally colonizing the Moon, but bringing the flag back to the Smithsonian - better to leave it on the Moon and build a museum around it.
 
2013-01-22 03:46:47 PM

Gnomaana: Mikey1969: Frozboz: 10th year? Is subby from the future?

FTA: The six-wheel, solar-powered rover parachuted to Eagle Crater in Mars' southern hemisphere on Jan. 24, 2004

TFA states that it is "commencing" it's 10th year, I think that's what subby meant. Either way, even TFA was wrong. 2004-2005 is year one, 2005-06 year two, etc... It means that it has finished its eighth year and is entering its ninth.

Still, these Mars Rovers are farking AMAZING.

2004-2005 Year 1
2005-2006 Year 2
2006-2007 Year 3
2007-2008 Year 4
2008-2009 Year 5
2009-2010 Year 6
2010-2011 Year 7
2011-2012 Year 8
2012-2013 Year 9

Which means it is just finishing its ninth about to enter its 10th. You dropped a year somewhere.


I love fencepost errors.
 
2013-01-22 04:54:52 PM

basemetal: [www.hour25online.com image 600x600]


OMG DID ANCIENT ALIENS PUT A LANDING STRIP ON MARS???
 
2013-01-22 04:59:09 PM
i172.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-22 05:22:57 PM

SN1987a goes boom: Vodka Zombie: OceanVortex: I feel like the Fry's dog from Futurama and the Mars Rover would be good friends.

Ugh...  Just saw that episode the other day, and it wrecked me.

Watch Bender's Big Score. It evens out due to time travel that a version of Fry ends up going back and taking care of the dog.


Thus ruining the original episode.
 
2013-01-22 05:23:15 PM

SuperT: We need to get our asses to mars. for no other reason than either

A)bring this badass robot home, the way it deserves. parades, etc.
B)build a museum of badassery around it.


You used 'ass' three times.
 
2013-01-22 05:47:17 PM
i enjoyed benders big score.

// like looking in a smelly mirror.
 
2013-01-22 06:18:05 PM

bikerbob59: SuperT: We need to get our asses to mars. for no other reason than either

A)bring this badass robot home, the way it deserves. parades, etc.
B)build a museum of badassery around it.

You used 'ass' three times.


i172.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-22 06:39:15 PM
Speaking of retrieving old space junk, Vanguard I, the second satellite America launched in 1958, is still in earth orbit, its orbit projected to last a thousand years. I think it likely we'll eventually retrieve it and put it in the Smithsonian.
 
2013-01-22 08:21:27 PM

BostonFarker: Snapper Carr: [www.wdtprs.com image 639x862]

wow you couldn't even get the original link directly from xkcd.com?!?


Arguably, hotlinking it from some random other site instead of XKCD is better, because then it won't use bandwidth from the XKCD host.
 
2013-01-22 08:31:20 PM

mark12A: Speaking of retrieving old space junk, Vanguard I, the second satellite America launched in 1958, is still in earth orbit, its orbit projected to last a thousand years. I think it likely we'll eventually retrieve it and put it in the Smithsonian.


Please. The private sector is now making its bid for space. Vanguard I will end up a tourist attraction, a flyby snapshot on someone's "Lagrange Lounge Lizards" space cruise.
 
2013-01-22 09:50:14 PM
The next precident in the ownership of space argument will be the upcoming fight between Canada (w/USA) vs. Russia over the Arctic oil fields. Currently space (and more specifically the moon) is in the Antarctic mold of there is nothing there but pure science. Once there is a viable economic interest, the fighting will truly begin.
 
2013-01-22 11:39:05 PM

dittybopper: Death Whisper: This pathetic probe only lasted 3 hours: Link

It was only designed to last 3 hours: It was limited by designed battery life.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-23 03:26:39 AM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-01-23 04:24:41 AM
www.peppertop.com
 
2013-01-23 06:24:06 AM
Kids today and their short memories:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_1

upload.wikimedia.org

35 years and still sending bits back from the edge of the solar system.
 
2013-01-23 08:05:54 AM

OceanVortex: Mars is great and all, and I think this rover is wonderful, but can we try Io or Europa now? They seem like better prospects for life at this point.


Not sure a good idea.

i46.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-23 04:39:56 PM

starsrift: [imgs.xkcd.com image 639x862]


That's awesome.

Hosted from kxcd.com itself, no less.
 
2013-01-24 03:27:41 AM

starsrift: [imgs.xkcd.com image 639x862]


THANK YOU
 
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