Self-Portrait by Opportunity Mars Rover after a decade on the planet

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Here's a superb photo of the Mars Rover that's just been released.

  2. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    It's a fantastic testament to human ingenuity that this is still operating way beyond its expected lifespan on another planet. :cool:

    It helps that it didn't crash on the way down because we'd got confused about units. :D
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  3. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    Looks like it could use a good wash.
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  4. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Every now and then, a dust devil hits it and blows some of the dust off. Without them, it would have stopped working due to blocked-out solar panels years ago :cool:
  5. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    That never happened in the days when NASA used sliderules.:D
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  6. redcogs

    redcogs in the gutter beholding the stars

    where the little green person?
  7. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    You can see their shadow in the center of the solar array. If you look closely you'll see the shadow of a little person with a mohawk, riding a car and holding a raygun.
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  8. Quartz

    Quartz Eclectic contrarian plebeian

    Maybe for the next probe they will add a brush to the robot arm. Or some sort of vibration mechanism.
  9. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    Send someone up with a broom to give it a good dusting. I used to have hopes that we'd make it to Mars sometime in my lifetime, but that's looking more remote all the time.
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  10. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    The next probe was(is) nuclear powered, and the one after that will be too.
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  11. camouflage

    camouflage the usual rigmarole.

  12. editor

    editor hiraethified


    Fantastic achievement. A marathon on Mars!
  13. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    Selfie dickhead:rolleyes:

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  14. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

    A decade instead of just three months - wonderful achievement. A further step on our slow progress to the stars .......
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  15. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    Hopefully we won't end up playing golf and then ignoring it like we did with the moon.
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  16. Impossible Girl

    Impossible Girl Time traveller and Companion

    Is there life on Mars ? (copyright David Bowie)
  17. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    Even has a selfie stick, the twat.
  18. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Whatever it is, I'm against it

    I just wish the Americans wouldn't give these space thingies such pompous names.

    What's wrong with Brian? Brian the Mars rover.

    Beagle II was a good name. Pity about the whole 'not working' thing.
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  19. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

  20. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Fantastic achievement.

  21. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Oh, I love this

    Scientists capture the sound of sunrise on Mars - Anglia Ruskin University
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  22. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    No word from Opportunity in 5 months though, after being caught in a dust storm. The solar panels might get blown clean by a passing eddy. Or they might not....
  23. editor

    editor hiraethified

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  24. 2hats


    The original mission plan called for it to operate for 3 months and travel around 1 km. In the end it lasted for over 14 years and covered more than 45 km.
  25. Leafster

    Leafster From the FRow

    It's amazing it lasted so long in such harsh conditions. It's a sad day but it did so much on Mars and because of its success (and Spirit's), it encouraged NASA to build more complex rovers to explore even more.
  26. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    It is a brilliant story. I hope a book is on the way. 14 years!
  27. tim

    tim Well-Known Member

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  28. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    Last edited: Feb 13, 2019
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  29. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    A nice note from xkcd:

  30. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    Of course, this is what would have happened if not for that sandstorm...

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