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Mars Rover Back in Action

By QuantumFTL in Science
Mon Jun 06, 2005 at 04:20:26 AM EST
Tags: Science (all tags)

Opportunity, the Mars Rover that made an interplanetary hole in one finally broke free of an interplanetary sand trap. Following the downlink of this Rear Hazard Camera indicating success, the MER Science Operations mailing list was full of excitement and praise this morning as the heroic efforts of JPL engineers were recognized. There is also a lively discussion in #space on irc.freenode.org. More details can be found at Professor Steve Squyres's Mission Update Blog. Congratulations, NASA!


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When will both rovers finally stop working?
o Before sol 600 4%
o Sols 600-700 0%
o Sols 700-800 2%
o Sols 800-900 6%
o Sols 900-1000 0%
o After sol 1000 10%
o Sustained indefinitely by benevolent alien entity 77%

Votes: 49
Results | Other Polls

Related Links
o made an interplanetary hole in one
o broke free
o interplane tary sand trap
o Rear Hazard Camera
o Professor Steve Squyres's Mission Update Blog
o Also by QuantumFTL

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Mars Rover Back in Action | 20 comments (11 topical, 9 editorial, 0 hidden)
Mildly interesting article (none / 0) (#1)
by Resonant on Sat Jun 04, 2005 at 04:18:35 PM EST

but the poll is what got me. For some reason, it actually made me laugh out loud. Might be the fact I had several aspirin earlier, but regardless, +1FP

"I answer, 'This is _quantitative_ religious studies.'" - glor
Uh, yeah, boy, I tell ya, (2.00 / 2) (#6)
by The Hilarious Genocide of the Obese on Sat Jun 04, 2005 at 08:32:09 PM EST

It really gave me the roffles.

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you're being ironic (none / 0) (#9)
by thankyougustad on Sat Jun 04, 2005 at 11:34:52 PM EST

but try getting messed up on aspirin and then reading the poll. You'll laugh SOOOOO hard.

No no thanks no
Je n'aime que le bourbon
no no thanks no
c'est une affaire de goût.

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Yay NASA (1.92 / 13) (#2)
by Blarney on Sat Jun 04, 2005 at 04:41:20 PM EST

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.

Could they have done it ? (none / 1) (#18)
by Dievs on Mon Jun 06, 2005 at 06:03:21 AM EST

NASA does not have the capability to send a man with a shovel to the Mars.
A Mars expedition would take several months - NASA cannot even sustain a man that long in an unmoving station in Earth orbit.

The rovers are achieving their goals - analysing Martian soil, getting real measurements, etc.

Of course, if we invested, literally, 100 times more into the mission, then we would get better results. For a 100 times more funding we might try and attempt to send a human. For a 100 times more funding, we might send 500 of these rovers, and not care if a dozen of them get stuck somewhere. If you could get this increase in funding at the time when the rover mission was started (how many years ago?), then I'd like a pony while you are at it.

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why (none / 0) (#19)
by shokk on Mon Jun 06, 2005 at 09:52:13 AM EST

Anyway, we need to build real rockets and shoot people out into space.

Why? Do you have a real explanation, or is this just for your mere entertainment? How different is that than the guys playing with the toy cars? YOu can't blow it off just because it's not your cup of tea. The various space programs have spawned many benefits for humanity over the years. Perhaps if you were missing limbs you might appreciate what advancements in robotics might potentially mean in the far future.

"Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart, he dreams himself your master."
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truely heroic (2.00 / 2) (#3)
by scatbubba on Sat Jun 04, 2005 at 05:11:51 PM EST

i bet they pushed 10 or 20 buttons each day to get that thing unstuck.

Yeah (none / 1) (#10)
by JahToasted on Sun Jun 05, 2005 at 01:24:10 AM EST

That stuck out to me too. Getting a remote control vehicle out of a sand trap is not heroic. It may be interesting if that vehicle is on another planet, but it ain't heroic.
"I wanna have my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames" -- Jim Morrison
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Rover has its own webpage... (3.00 / 3) (#8)
by SaintPort on Sat Jun 04, 2005 at 10:36:37 PM EST


Search the Scriptures
Start with some cheap grace...Got Life?

What is (none / 0) (#11)
by Spendocrat on Sun Jun 05, 2005 at 03:20:49 AM EST

"MER Science Operations mailing list", and are there archives I can read?

Best Tractor Pull Ever (none / 1) (#20)
by KWillets on Tue Jun 07, 2005 at 07:27:16 PM EST

Next, we'll get the Mars rover to roll over and crush some old cars, with flames shooting out of its exhaust.  

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