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Spirit: End of Mission
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post May 25 2011, 02:26 PM
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Thank you Steve, for giving us the chance to walk next to Spirit during her journey.

Dammit, now I'm going to be a blubbering fool all morning.


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post May 25 2011, 03:29 PM
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Awwwww.......*Sniff*
The day has finally come. I always said I wouldn't consider Spirit dead until Mr. Squyres said she was gone. I guess the time is now.
Good job little friend, you did better than anyone would have thought. 90 days!? HA! That will show them.
Sister Oppy will continue your journey running across he plains of Meridiani! Go Oppy Go!

We'll miss you little Spirit - thank you!

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post May 25 2011, 05:34 PM
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Recent MRO image of Spirit.
http://www.uahirise.org/ESP_021925_1650

It seems the arrays aren't prohibitively dirty.


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post May 25 2011, 05:50 PM
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Farewell, Spirit.

Today also marks the 3-year anniversary of Phoenix's landing on Mars mars.gif


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post May 25 2011, 07:28 PM
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SPIRIT... what a trek you gave us, little friend. I remember when they named you. How abt tthe name. How glorous the journey.

You are our avatar. A machine made from love and deep skill. A machine like you is more than the sum of it's parts. A soul is born, a unique soul. From the team. The engineers and scientists and managers that made you a whole.

Some distant future.... perhaps in the later years of my grandsons... humans from Earth will find and finally free you.

Til then, rest well.

Love from yout friend, Craig.
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post May 25 2011, 07:57 PM
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Spirit... made it to the hilltop, and
showed us what was on the other side.

Thanks and congratulations to all the engineers and scientists who put her together and made her run.
Thanks and congratulations to every technician who wrapped a cable or tightened a screw. Just. Right.
They really did hit a home run!

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Spirit touches Home. (From Hungry4info's link)
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post May 25 2011, 08:22 PM
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my own meager tribute to my favourite martian using what I think is the best image ever returned from Mars.

http://sometimesacritic.files.wordpress.co...1/05/spirit.jpg

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post May 25 2011, 08:27 PM
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A lot of memories from this journey:

Those "faraway" hills, and then they were growing and growing on the images to finally become ground under the wheels.
Climbing day after day, to one day have an unforgettable 360 degrees view of the far horizon.
The "abyss". It finally was a dune field; but it was a lot of fun imagining caves or sink holes (thanks Ustrax / Rui).
Running to Home Plate. A feature that once was just a name on a picture taken from orbit but afterwards it was not only a place fully studied from left to right / north to south, but also was a place for a remarkable barbecue. smile.gif

And I will have to repeat again what was already said on most of the posts on this threat, but it is just the truth: thanks for all the people working on the MER mission for this unforgettable experience!
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post May 25 2011, 08:28 PM
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Spirit is Dead, Long Live Spirit!
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post May 25 2011, 08:54 PM
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Thank you Spirit and MER team. It was one hell of a ride smile.gif wheel.gif

And to refresh that amazing landing those many years ago:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWk-umZm86U



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post May 25 2011, 09:14 PM
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So farewell, Spirit, *sniff*. It was a long interesting and exciting time. Thanks also to the Team for making this mission possible.

Also from me, thank you for the "Spirit" along all these years. I first noticed the MER mission on a television documentation in 2002, thats just about 9 years. and so its part of my life. And it is still a fascinating story with the best things just to come.

And to say it in the words of John Cleese:
"Spirit is no more! She has ceased to be! She's expired and gone to meet her maker! She kicked the bucket, hopped the twig, bit the dust. Bereft of life she rests in peace. This is an Ex-Rover". Bye, bye...





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post May 25 2011, 11:35 PM
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An great NASA video here.
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post May 25 2011, 11:37 PM
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Sleep well Spirit, and hold the fort for us! We are coming next!
Our descendants will no doubt dome your whole journey, from your lander to your Home sweet Home plate, turning it into the Spirit-Gusev Museum.
Good night little Martian.
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post May 25 2011, 11:37 PM
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It is well worth going back and reading through the entire Spirit thread and all the topics and posts.
There are some great memories back there and in hindsight, some interesting comments. smile.gif

I liked these:
Comment: http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.p...post&p=2106
Topic: http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.p...ost&p=11437
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post May 26 2011, 02:13 AM
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I can't tell you the chill down my spine I got reading this, I feel like I've lost a friend.

Is it ironic though that I don't really have any feelings for Oppy?

Its like all the hurdles that Spirit had made her all the more valuable.
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