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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2010
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    NASA has given up on getting the Spirit Mars Rover free of the sand pit its been stuck in since last April.
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    Learning from their mistake, Nasa packages the next Rover to lift a middle finger, explode, and spell FUUUUUCK YOU MAAARS with its smoke immediately after it lands.
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    This makes me imagine some NASA techie twiddling a joystick in a dark room somewhere, having not slept for nine-or-so months, in the hope that the Rover will eventually shake loose. Everyone had long forgotten about him until they found him in a broom closet, pants around his ankles and gibbering pure filth.
    • CommentAuthorcallisto23
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    "...in a broom closet, pants around his ankles and gibbering pure filth."
    Do that on the twitter, and you'll get 10K followers, easily.

    Spirit has gone far beyond expectations, and what we learned will drive the design for the next rover.
    Just need a few improvements to the drive wheels, winter survival, and a way to blow the dust off the solar panels.
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    Reading the thread title I thought that Karl Rove might have croaked, lifting a great weight of evil from the world and really lowering the bar for Hell. In contrast, this is really quite sad news.
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    At least the machine can still try and do some work while there. And it has gone so far beyond expectations. Although Warren's post on Twitter was pretty great:

    Martian rover Spirit stuck in sand for good: which is of course what happens when you give a human's job to a skateboard.


    Of course now that the Obama administration has pretty much killed manned spaceflight, we can forget about getting there anytime soon.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
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    "Of course now that the Obama administration has pretty much killed manned spaceflight, we can forget about getting there anytime soon."

    Yes and things were going so well up until his election.
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    Of course now that the Obama administration has pretty much killed manned spaceflight, we can forget about getting there anytime soon.

    I’m all for letting the Chinese do it for less money. Especially because if we want to send anybody into space, we’ll borrow the money to do it from China.
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    @JonCarpenter

    Me too!
    • CommentAuthorForsaken
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2010
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    The only way space flight is even remotely cost effective is to let civilian companies do it. They will find a way to do it cheaper and faster than any Government agency.
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    The only way space flight is even remotely cost effective is to let civilian companies do it. They will find a way to do it cheaper and faster than any Government agency.

    Because no discussion of government is complete without some ignoramus parroting cynical libertarian nonsense.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2010
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    There's a lot of money in space exploration . . . if the government is paying the bills.
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    Shouldn't one look to the vastly larger Defense costs before decrying gov led space exploration? It is a given that when there is money to be made the corps will scramble for it. As is the exploitable markets at the bottom of the gravity well are keeping global capital well fed. The idea that 'free-market' capitalism provides incentive to innovation is a hoary old lie.

    Libertarians are essentially whiners who didn't make it in the capitalist game. Not losers, but not quite winners either.

    State planned economies CAN and do work. Sure, nobody gets silly rich but then what do we need the silly rich FOR?

    Cuba currently boasts the highest literacy rate in the world and a child malnutrition rate of 0%

    Can the 'venal petty bourgeois dissidents' of the libertarian movement claim the same of the States? (bear in mind that from a european perspective what rand arseholes call state control is common fucking decency)

    Sorry for the rant, I got right on my soapbox there.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2010
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    Because no discussion of government is complete without some ignoramus parroting cynical libertarian nonsense.


    Just because no private company yet has reached the same level of achievement in space exploration as the Soviet Union did in 1961 is no reason to abandon a lovely shiny theory in favor of a bunch of ugly facts.