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RIP Mars Opportunity rover

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TheSportsPredictor, Feb 13, 2019 at 2:43 PM.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  2. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Must be that healthy Martian air that kept it alive so long.

    Otis Sistrunk's still kicking, however.

    BTW, that headline is perfect, in that a dust storm is what doomed it.
     
  3. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Who built these rovers? What an advertising opportunity for quality workmanship.
     
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I guess. But it does seem like a LOT of these pieces of hardware outperform their projected lives by an exponential amount.

    I figure that's because they put out an extremely cautious initial estimate (everything after that is gravy), and there aren't really and points of reference to see how long the thing will do what you want it to do.
     
  5. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Is this a "it died doing what it loved" situation?

    Can a robot love?

    Can a robot dream?
     
  6. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    You only write about us when we die in a dust storm on a faraway planet.
     
  7. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    The crazy thing is, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are galavanting through interstellar space 41 years after they were launched. In 40,000 years, Voyager 1 will be within 1.6 light years of the star Gliese 445. Humans might be extinct by then. Hell, we might be extinct by next week.
     
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Mars ain't no place to raise a rover. In fact, it's cold as hell.
     
  9. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

    Wonder what _____ lover Little Rocket Man thinks of today's news?
     
  10. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    NASA thought that it would be short lived due to Mars dust obscuring the solar cells. They had not counted on the Martian winds blowing the dust off. That said, the battery life given the number of recharges over fifteen years was incredible.
     
  11. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Will it run into to Enterprise by then?
     
  12. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

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