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01/04/2010 01:49 AM ID: 82308 Permalink   

Spirit Rover: 3 Months Stretched Into 6 Years

 

Initially planned to function for three months, the Spirit rover has been in service for six years as of 3 January. Currently, however, Spirit is stuck in a sand pit with little hope of escaping its location.

With two malfunctioning wheels, NASA needs to tilt Spirit so its solar panels can catch sunlight in the upcoming Martian winter. If this fails, the rover will freeze to death as it will no longer be able power its internal heaters.

Even if the rover remains stuck, NASA hopes to continue research with it functioning as a stationary probe until dust covers the solar panels and it can no longer generate power.

 
  Source: www.theregister.co.uk  
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  YOU CAN DO IT YOU MAGNIFICENT SONOFABITCH!  
 
:Neverending Story Style:

come on Spirit..... Spirit? What´s the matter, boy? Spirit, Come On. (Spirit begins to sink into the sand) SPIRIT!! YOU´RE SINKING! YOU HAVE TO MOVE! COME ON YOU STUPID ROVER MACHINE THINGY! SPIRIT, PLEASE, MOVE! SPIRRRRRRRIIIIIIITTTTTTT!!!!!!!
 
  by: djskagnetti     01/04/2010 06:06 AM     
  @djskagnetti  
 
*clap clap*

GOLD!
 
  by: blackshroud   01/04/2010 07:00 AM     
  whos the dumbass  
 
that drove it into a sandpit?
 
  by: robplatt   01/04/2010 07:24 PM     
  @robplant  
 
It was Howard Wolowitz when he was trying to impress a girl.
 
  by: M4CRO_   01/05/2010 01:41 AM     
  @M4CRO_  
 
GOLD!!!!

once again i have not been disappointed when looking for some comedic relief on shortnews, well done!
 
  by: blackshroud   01/05/2010 03:34 AM     
  LOL @M4CRO_  
 
Priceless! I love the Big Bang Theory. That´s one of my favorite TV shows.
 
  by: Lurker     01/05/2010 04:32 AM     
 
 
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