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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 11
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2013-01-22 11:32:08 AM
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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


It landed on Jan 24 2004. At that point, it started its first year operating on Mars.

In 2005, it started its second year.

In 2006, it started its third year.

In 2007, it started its fourth year.

In 2008, it started its fifth.

2009: sixth.

2010: seventh.

2011: eighth.

2012: ninth.

And now, in 2013, it will start its tenth. Not until January 24, though -- so, you're right, subby is from a little bit in the future.
2013-01-22 10:53:01 AM
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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
2013-01-23 03:26:39 AM
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2013-01-22 03:46:00 PM
1 votes:

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 02:51:26 PM
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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 02:20:32 PM
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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 12:59:38 PM
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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.
2013-01-22 11:42:24 AM
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I must never tell my six-year-old goddaughter about the Opportunity rover, lest she actually steal some Burt Rutan blueprints, build a spaceship and go off by herself to rescue it.

Oh, wait. Maybe I should. If ever there was a thing to make her buckle down and do her subtraction homework, it's the thought of a poor little WALL-E-esque robot left all alone on a red planet with nobody to talk to until some smart girl can grow up and bring him home. She'd probably try to send him letters via helium balloon or write emails to him for Aunt Spidey to pass along through NASA.

...And I totally just used the personal pronoun. Wow, that was a sad XKCD.
2013-01-22 11:38:13 AM
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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 shiats all over Jurassic Bark and other past favorite episodes that it almost ruined Futurama.

2013-01-22 11:22:13 AM
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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
2013-01-22 11:01:50 AM
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