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Keiichi
22nd Jan 2004, 12:37 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/01/22/spirit.contact/index.html

NASA lost contact with the Spirit probe 24 hours ago and haven't been able to reestablish communications since. The last transmission from the probe also contained nothing but garbled, meaningless data.

-Keiichi

MetalMickey
22nd Jan 2004, 12:44 PM
Man, if these martians dont let us look around exactly where we want and when we want, we are just gonna have to invade.

:p

JaFO
22nd Jan 2004, 12:49 PM
They're probably hiding lots of WMD's up there as well ... so the americans might as well invade for the good of the Martians
;)

Vega-don
22nd Jan 2004, 01:07 PM
we should nuke mars because they might have Weapons of mass destruction

DarkBls
22nd Jan 2004, 01:14 PM
Martian: "Damn, another ****ing voyeur. Honey, bring me the shotgun again !" :D

Cap'n Beeb
22nd Jan 2004, 01:33 PM
Spirit: "Whiiiiir bleep, boop. Beep beep woop fweep."
Martian gang banger: "**** BITCH WHY YOU?!" *Busts a Martian cap all up on Spirit.
Spirit: Your rover has performed an illegal operation and needs to be shut down.

spm1138
22nd Jan 2004, 03:32 PM
That's what they get for naming it something llam like "Spirit".

ecale3
22nd Jan 2004, 07:55 PM
it got tired of forced labor.

Keganator
22nd Jan 2004, 08:46 PM
Well, good thing a second one is on its way. I'm so happy that the first rover (a 10 million dollar program) worked for many weeks while this one seems to have died (over 100 million, iirc) died an abysmal failure before it was finished. :) Whee.

Saladin
22nd Jan 2004, 10:12 PM
i can imagine this
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/umedia/20040114/th.fe2cd9532dd97171ef790591bb259aa1

lol but hey, thatd be as logical as invading a country on false pretesnes.

The_Pikeman
22nd Jan 2004, 10:44 PM
yea never give up saladin "the tru.... weapons are are out there!" ;)
And anyway the europe mission probably did better look at this image
http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/04/sci_nat_enl_1074600952/img/1.jpg
-How.

Cold Killer
22nd Jan 2004, 11:57 PM
What is that?

Anyways, I'm certain that there's a race of isolationists up there that destroy every machine that we're sending. Either that or a bunch of Martian cavemen who break the things apart for raw materials...

The_Pikeman
23rd Jan 2004, 12:04 AM
What the Pic? it's the Valles Marineris, a giant canyon that runs across the middle of the planet.
-How.

das_ben
23rd Jan 2004, 12:15 AM
Murr. :(

Cold Killer
23rd Jan 2004, 01:02 AM
Erm, why's that picture evidence that the European mission did better?...

Approx
23rd Jan 2004, 01:07 AM
Cold: Here is a grain of salt. Now go back and reread his post. ;)

Cold Killer
23rd Jan 2004, 01:10 AM
And anyway the europe mission probably did better look at this image
http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl/hi/pop_ups/04/sci_nat_enl_1074600952/img/1.jpg
-How.
He makes the statement that the European mission probably did better, then tells us to look at an image as if it supports his statement...

The_Pikeman
23rd Jan 2004, 01:59 AM
Uh ok CK go take a pill and lie down, anyway in retrospect that statement should be "And anyway the europe mission probably did better. Take a look at this image they got"
-How.

Cold Killer
23rd Jan 2004, 02:48 PM
Ok, forgot about the European orbiter, and I assumed he was talking about the lander that's probably scattered across a crater in a million pieces right now.

The_Pikeman
24th Jan 2004, 09:20 PM
Intresting piece on the NASA mission:
Mars Buggy 'May Have Landed in Mud-Like Material' (http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2437530)
Pictures from Nasa’s roving Mars buggy have astonished scientists by indicating that it may have landed in mud.

Strange marks near the Spirit rover’s landing site suggest that against all the odds there be might liquid water on or just beneath the surface of Mars.

The water would have to be very salty to avoid freezing or evaporating in the harsh Martian conditions.

If the scientists’ suspicions are confirmed it would be the clearest sign yet that lakes and oceans once existed on Mars, and greatly increase the chances of life.

The presence of water in the Martian soil could even mean that the Viking Mars landers really did detect life on the planet in 1976.

Positive results from the Viking experiments were dismissed when it was realised they could have been produced by an inorganic chemical process. But mud on Mars would rule out this explanation for the strange findings.

The mystery stems from a small disturbed patch of ground very close to the lander, New Scientist reported today.

Dubbed the “magic carpet”, it was made by the lander’s airbags scraping across the soil.

But its appearance has taken scientists completely by surprise. Instead of breaking or cracking, as dry soil would be expected to do, the surface seems to have flowed and folded as if wet.

Science team leader Steven Squyres said: “It looks like mud, but it can’t be mud.”

Pure water cannot exist at the low temperatures and pressures found on Mars – it would either freeze or evaporate away.

But scientists say that is not true of brine. If the water contained enough salt, it could be stable.
Not sure if it's true I've not seen it anyware else.
-how.

Cold Killer
25th Jan 2004, 12:20 AM
Yep, seen pics. It looks very much like mud.

CAVERNA2K
27th Jan 2004, 10:09 AM
We are not alone!!!

"Take me to your leader."

Hadmar
27th Jan 2004, 11:42 AM
We are not alone!!!

"Take me to your leader."
<Garfield>Take me to your larder</Garfield>

Sardaukar
28th Jan 2004, 05:32 AM
garfield sucks

maddox sez so

Hadmar
28th Jan 2004, 06:43 AM
Maddox is a nukular tittorist.

Bush sez so.

Derelan
28th Jan 2004, 07:39 AM
You've got it all wrong. What happened is, it has nothing else to say.

DEFkon
30th Jan 2004, 06:33 AM
I can't help but wonder if the unit is dead, or if it's just the communication equipment. oh well.. did ever get unstuck from it's parachute thingy?

Cunubelin
30th Jan 2004, 07:15 AM
Hey, It's ALIVE!.... well... sort of... ;)
Recovering Spirit Sends a New Picture

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took and returned this image on January 28, 2004, the first picture from Spirit since problems with communications began a week earlier. The image from the rover's front hazard identification camera shows the robotic arm extended to the rock called Adirondack. As it had been instructed a week earlier, the Moessbauer spectrometer, an instrument for identifying the minerals in rocks and soils, is still placed against the rock. Engineers are working to restore Spirit to working order so that the rover can resume the scientific exploration of its landing area.

Cold Killer
30th Jan 2004, 11:08 AM
W00tage!

Keganator
30th Jan 2004, 11:11 AM
Tha'ts good news.



They named a rock? Wow. Good for them.

Cunubelin
30th Jan 2004, 01:18 PM
Where, in the name of Darkwing Duck do they come up with these names? :lol:
The official MER homepage is here (http://marsrovers.nasa.gov/home/)

The latest newsupdate is even more positive as they speak of new targets for Spirit.
Also NASA will show Opportunitys egress on TV on the 31:st...

das_ben
31st Jan 2004, 02:34 AM
They've got to save the better names for more exciting stuff.

DEFkon
31st Jan 2004, 05:56 PM
that's right, you save the cool names for the other "X's"
explore, expand, exterminate, ect.. :p

Cold Killer
31st Jan 2004, 07:52 PM
Wow, so a meteor didn't hit it after all.