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Mars Rover Mission Ends

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Deeve, Feb 13, 2019 at 7:45 PM.

  1. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 7, 2009
    Aw snap - as we come up on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing (or for you conspiracy fans, the fake moon landing) I've been looking up to the sky a lot more often.
    [article copy from]
    After hundreds of unanswered calls, NASA mission engineers on Wednesday abandoned efforts to revive Opportunity, the space agency’s most durable Mars robot rover, which has been silent since a planet-wide dust storm enveloped it in swirling grit this past June.

    NASA officials announced an end to attempts to contact the $400 million Opportunity rover during a news briefing Wednesday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, which managed the mission. The gathering of agency managers, scientists and engineers there became a celebratory wake for the 400-pound robot. Designed for 90 days of operations, it had out-lasted computer malfunctions, wind storms and agency budget battles to survive on Mars for more than 14 years.

    It lasted longer than any other robot sent from Earth to another planet, agency officials said. Mission engineers made their last attempt to contact it Tuesday night.

    “I learned this morning that our beloved Opportunity remains silent,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “I declare the Opportunity mission as complete. It’s an emotional moment.”
  2. Rick330man

    Rick330man Tele-Holic

    Jan 9, 2011
    Florida Keys
    At least it'll be there for when Mark Watney gets to Mars and needs some help.
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  3. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Tele-Afflicted

    The space program(s) experiences lots of unexpected delay, overrruns, challenges...but also unexpected discovery and delight, such as Opportunity. Discovery is what exploration is all about. Exploration is knowing that trying, struggling, overcoming brings benefit and unexpected new knowledge that has great value, greater than the cost of acquiring it.

    No one would have thought many of the systems that make up Opportunity would have survived. I think the batteries and power generation system alone wasn't supposed to last more than a season. Moving parts, decaying circuitry and components, are a couple more areas that shouldn't have lasted this long in that environment. They learned a great deal from this mission with dividends that will benefit future missions. Exploration, not just in space but in all things, entails cost, but brings greater discovery.
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  4. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Isn't SOMEbody at least going to keep pinging it now and then?
  5. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Tele-Afflicted

    Maybe, but at a reduced staff, re-purposed equipment. I imagine they've kept a small team and equipment operating for all these years, and the money and labor is needed elsewhere for other missions.
  6. Dog Bite

    Dog Bite TDPRI Member

    Oct 30, 2018
    Sent Flash Gordon and Dr. ZarKoff to fix it. Ming the Merciless is no doubt behind it all.
  7. MuddyDitch

    MuddyDitch Tele-Holic

    Jun 1, 2014
    Tulpehocken Delta
    They should have ordered a Maytag appliance.
  8. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    May 21, 2006
    I just want to point out that this mission was only supposed to last 90 days. It lasted 15 years. So if you or anyone you know questions the value of NASA's and other space agencies' work to the rest of us here on Earth, ask yourself, what good could possibly come from the experience of building an incredibly complex machine, delivering it successfully to another world, and having it perform beyond expectations for 60 times its intended lifespan?
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  9. Dog Bite

    Dog Bite TDPRI Member

    Oct 30, 2018
    Dam that Ming is a meanie, his daughter is hot though :)
  10. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    From estimated 14 days to 15 years. Amazing.

    Also, Wasnt it's last msg "I am low on power"..."things are getting dark"??

    Hmm..poor Hal
  11. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA
    What a great mission. I remember watching the launch, the landing, and the thrill of those first images coming back. Kids in schools here had a tremendous interest and attachment to these rovers - it was a superlative teaching opportunity (pun intended).

    Outliving expectations by an order of magnitude was just the icing on the cake. Viva JPL and NASA!
  12. raito

    raito Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 22, 2010
    Madison, WI
    Now if they could just use that knowledge to make an appliance that lasts...
  13. Greggorios

    Greggorios Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Jun 18, 2016
    Patterson, NY
    A real testament to humanity and what people of good will can accomplish working together toward a goal greater than themselves. These things need to be held up against the backdrop of all of the self centered chaos that we find ourselves in.
  14. Nickadermis

    Nickadermis Friend of Leo's

    Dec 18, 2016
    Camden Point, MO
    I wonder if NASA had this thing hand wired by some little old ladies from Fullerton California?
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  15. d barham

    d barham Tele-Meister

    Aug 10, 2018
    Halfway, MO
    If they did, it just means that the reissue rover, although technically superior, won't have the mojo of the original rover.
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  16. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    An astonishing achievement in so many ways. Possibly the biggest success story ever of space exploration.

    RIP Opportunity.
  17. raito

    raito Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 22, 2010
    Madison, WI
  18. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    This is what you get for four hundred million and change?

  19. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    the next one will have windshield wipers on the solar panel and the robotic arm wil have an END DUST dispensor built in

    Damn Martian dust bunnies!
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