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Spirit: End of Mission
briv1016
post May 1 2011, 09:20 PM
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New Update:

http://www.planetary.org/news/2011/0430_Ma...ate_Spirit.html

There is only so much that can be done from down here, and the countdown to the end of mission for Spirit has quietly, unofficially begun behind the scenes. Word is that NASA headquarters is preparing to announce that MER will continue as a one-rover mission around the first of June.

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JPL's crew will continue the current recovery operations, which take place several times a day, through May 25th, informed Nelson. Following that, "greatly reduced recovery operations" -- averaging one effort each week -- will continue through the end of the year.
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post May 24 2011, 06:38 PM
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Oh... crap...

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_...EMPLATE=DEFAULT

BUT important to wait for official word from the Powers That Be. These things are often the result of games of Chinese Whispers gone crazy.


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fredk
post May 24 2011, 07:05 PM
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From the NASA TV schedule:
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May 31, Tuesday
2:30 p.m. - NASA Science Briefing: Mars Spirit Rover Celebration: An End to a New Beginning - HQ (Public and Media Channels)

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post May 24 2011, 08:09 PM
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Well spotted, Fred.

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post May 24 2011, 08:19 PM
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Guys, gather around, the day we expected to happen 90 sols after landing has arrived.
I will never forget Spirit and her journey, our brave gal, I will tell her story for generations to come.
So many years of quest, stories, legends, adventures, mountains, anxiety, utter joy, I am lacking words here.
Love you Spirit, forever. You have a VERY special place in my life. Farewell.
Hug you all UMSFers. And to the team...thank you for the adventure of a lifetime.

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post May 24 2011, 09:46 PM
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Very sad day, but probably the kindest thing to do. All journeys, all adventures, all dreams must eventually come to an end.

Wouldn't it be just like Spirit, drama queen to the last, to phone home in reply to tomorrow's "last chance" hail? laugh.gif

But... well... a few words, just 'cos I feel moved to.

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post May 24 2011, 09:50 PM
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Spirit's gone for us,, but the weird thing is..in the distant distant future someone could easily get her roving and taking pictures again.
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post May 24 2011, 10:03 PM
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Great poem, Stu. There's nothing more I can add to your beautiful writing...it's just right.

Requiem in pace, brave little friend & pioneer.


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post May 24 2011, 10:09 PM
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There's an audio discussion on right now about Spirit.
http://www.nasa.gov/news/media/newsaudio/index.html

Callas just said that: 'Last commands will be sent to Spirit (tonight) 0700UTC'.
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post May 24 2011, 10:56 PM
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"All journeys, all adventures, all dreams must eventually come to an end."

If I have learned anything from this site and all of you, dreams never have to end.

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post May 24 2011, 11:28 PM
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I've been pondering the words that best describe what's happened.

Spirit is just a robot. A bunch of thinking metal sent from Earth (as Scott would say).

The adventure, the personality, the achievements - they are because of the team of scientists and engineers who designed, built, tested, launch, landed and drove her. She is their avatar.

Every image she ever took. Every cm she ever drove. Every RAT brush, grind, APXS or Mossbauer integration. Every scuff, turn, bump, beep and approach. They were all the result of a carefully crafted set of instructions running on a carefully crafted spacecraft built onthis rock and then sent to that rock.

So yes - our little robot has gone silent. But what made her, the essence of what she is.....is still right here on this rock, driving Opportunity, testing Curiosity, or analyzing spectra from 6 years of Gusev exploration.

She didn't die. She just moved on.


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post May 24 2011, 11:39 PM
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What happened to the "try to communicate once a week until the end of calendar year" plan?
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post May 24 2011, 11:40 PM
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After review, it was decided that the likelihood of that being successful wasn't sufficiently high to keep asking for time on the assets required.

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post May 24 2011, 11:49 PM
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Rest well, Spirit. One day, we'll come visit you in person!
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post May 24 2011, 11:57 PM
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