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Spirit - Sol2000, Congratulations to the MER Teams
Astro0
post Aug 18 2009, 01:01 PM
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As we have become accustomed to here on UMSF, the Rovers have reached another incredible milestone.
Today (tosol), the Mars Exploration Rover 'Spirit' has been operating on the red planet for 2000 Sols.
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To celebrate, here are a few logos, desktops and a poster for you to download and enjoy.
The poster features another brilliant work of prose from our UMSF 'Poet Dude' Stuart Atkinson and a big credit to James Canvin for the Calypso Pan (with some Astro0 enhancements wink.gif). You guys rock!

Poster:
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There's also a full-size 4.5mb version of the poster over at my blog.
Plus a 16.2mb version to download for the brave.

Desktops:
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Logos:
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post Aug 18 2009, 01:20 PM
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Looks great - you can make celebratory New Year's-style glasses out of those smile.gif

Congrats to the MER team!
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post Aug 18 2009, 01:26 PM
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I also wanted to take this opportunity (no pun intended) to congratulate once again, everyone who works so hard on the Mars Rover mission.
The team currently working tirelessly on the effort to FREE SPIRIT and the Opportunity mission planners examing every exquisite detail of the Block Island meteorite. The science teams studying the soils of Troy, the imaging teams taking stunning panoramas and the drivers and engineers who keep these vehicles exploring.

To all of you - THANKS!

None of us five and half years ago could have imagined that these two astounding vehicles would still be exploring the red planet after 2000 Sols. What a ride!
Over those years, many of you on the Rover team have become valued contributors to UMSF as well as good friends. You have lectured, blogged and twittered (tweeted) and emailed and given all of us an amazing insight into your mission.

Most incredible of all is that you have let UMSF'ers contribute to the Rover adventure in a variety of ways.
Yes, at times we have been nagging 'backseat drivers', but you know it's all been done with good intentions.

To Steve Squyres, let me say a special thanks...
Your dream to explore a distant world, born from an afternoon of looking over the dusty prints of Mars images from earlier missions, has, so many years later, not only changed your life but totally transformed ours smile.gif

Also, your vision and that of Jim Bell and others, to take the unprecedented step to share Spirit & Opportunity's images as they arrive on Earth, was to say the least an enormous leap of faith. Trusting the public to take those images and hope they would create and share those images for education, outreach and just pure enjoyment. I know that it has affected my life and the life, nights and days of everyone on UMSF.

Enjoy tosol and may there be many more to come.

THANK YOU.
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post Aug 18 2009, 01:43 PM
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It's really been 5.5 years ?
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post Aug 18 2009, 01:43 PM
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I know that he would do it eventually, but I thought it worth posting Stu's poem which features on the poster. Enjoy smile.gif

2K

This morning, yawning as I woke
From another Troy-trapped night
I watched Sol rise for the 2000th time
And wondered: “Was it all a dream?”
Did I really climb the scree-streaked
Side of Husband Hill? Did one night I thrill
To the sight of shooting stars and two
Silvery moons fleeing across the sky? Did I
Drag my ruined wheel for mile after endless mile,
Ploughing a ragged furrow through Barsoom’s
Cinnamon-dusted crust before Doom
Caught up with me and left me stranded
Here, impatient in this pit of ancient sand?

When I arrived, falling out of the salmon-
Hued sky, trailing a flapping banner of flame
And fury, a backshelled-Beowulf, none on Earth
Thought I Would survive even a hundred nights -
Yet, here I am, alive, after two thousand!
True, I cannot move, and my horizon has
Not changed for what seems like an eternity
But I can still see, and there is beauty in every
Rock, and stone, sliver, slice and shelf of shale
Around me. And if I am fated to stand
At this wind-whipped, stony place, statue-
Still, until only ghostly traces of my graceless
Lines remain then so be it; I will not rage
Against the end of my days, I have seen
More wonders than I dared dream I would,
And I have always known that every turn
Of my wheels was carrying me closer to
The End.

They will send others after me –
Bigger, bolder, more capable machines –
But I will always be The First,
The one that faced and overcame the worst
That Mars could do and made the old
World New again for millions watching
Back on Earth. That was my worth – the rebirth
Of the Red Planet in the minds of restless men.
I’ll be forgotten, that is the way of things, but when,
One day, I’m found, and the so-long silent hills
Of Gusev ring to the sound of celebratory “She’s here!”
Cheers, they’ll speak my name again..!

© Stuart Atkinson 2009
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post Aug 18 2009, 02:25 PM
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Wow... excellent work on the banner, logos and poster Astro0, just superb! Honoured to be a part of the Sol2000 celebrations!


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post Aug 18 2009, 04:18 PM
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Yay! Here's to 2000 more sols!
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post Aug 18 2009, 04:22 PM
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I couldn't believe it's true… The Sol TWO-THOUSAND. A sol beyond the most crazy dream…

But, we are in! smile.gif

I'm joining Astro0 to thanks for all of you to! This is for me the most incredible mission I ever seen on Mars. And I know that Spirit can continue to amaze us.

Excellent pictures, posters and logo Astro0, and with a very good poem of Stu which gives me shivers.

PS : this event was for me the occasion to change the header of my website.


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post Aug 18 2009, 05:16 PM
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Wow... look what's on the big screens at JPL as they start their Sol 2000 celebrations!

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Your poster looks GREAT Astro0, and your panorama is as good as anything on those walls James! smile.gif smile.gif

( Still find it hard to believe I actually stood in that room, beside that model, with Sharon, Scott and Steve Squyres... rolleyes.gif )


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post Aug 18 2009, 05:17 PM
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This is a significant milestone! Only Viking 1 has lived more than 2000 sols!
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post Aug 18 2009, 05:53 PM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ Aug 18 2009, 07:43 AM) *
This morning, yawning as I woke
From another Troy-trapped night
I watched Sol rise for the 2000th time


Well, technically, wouldn't it be for the 1999th time? I mean, if Sol 1 is landing day and the sun is already up, she wouldn't watch her first sunrise until Sol 2, right? wink.gif
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post Aug 18 2009, 06:17 PM
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Technically you're right, but it was written to be emotional, not scientifically or chronologically accurate.

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post Aug 18 2009, 07:35 PM
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QUOTE (BrianL @ Aug 18 2009, 06:53 PM) *
Well, technically...


TECHNICALLY the coast phase of the launch resulted in one sunrise - making 2000.

So NER NER NER NER.
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post Aug 18 2009, 09:06 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Aug 18 2009, 02:35 PM) *
TECHNICALLY the coast phase of the launch resulted in one sunrise - making 2000.


Ah but did the rover actually see it? All locked up within its aeroshell?
Sorry. unsure.gif


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post Aug 18 2009, 09:52 PM
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QUOTE (Zvezdichko @ Aug 18 2009, 07:17 PM) *
This is a significant milestone! Only Viking 1 has lived more than 2000 sols!

Spirit will do better than Viking 1 on April 28th 2010.
We'll be at VB by then smile.gif


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