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Mars Rover Begins "Whole New Mission" 93

Posted by samzenpus
from the back-to-the-beginning dept.
sighted writes "NASA reports that the seemingly-unstoppable robotic geologist Opportunity is finding things at Endeavour crater that it has never seen before, adding new life to a mission that has already been epic. Observations 'suggest that rock exposures on Endeavour's rim date from early in Martian history and include clay minerals that form in less-acidic wet conditions, possibly more favorable for life.' In a teleconference today, one mission scientist compared this new phase of exploration to a 'whole new mission.'"
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Mars Rover Begins "Whole New Mission"

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  • by sadness203 (1539377) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @07:18PM (#37281182)
    Imagine what the other one would have achieved if there was a chiropractor up there to fix all the subluxation it suffered from radiation poisoning. We need more chiropractor in space!
  • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportlandNO@SPAMyahoo.com> on Thursday September 01, 2011 @07:25PM (#37281208) Homepage Journal

    "We need more chiropractor in space!"
    I could agree more.
    In fact, put all those lying bastards there.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 01, 2011 @07:28PM (#37281226)

    its still working cause its in a martian vr lab being fed fake data . MEANWHILE the invasion fleet nears completion .......

  • Next up... (Score:4, Funny)

    by MachDelta (704883) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @07:37PM (#37281268)

    ...NASA suddenly announces they're entering the automobile business to maintain cash flow for their space exploration.

    Hell, I'd love a car that goes 8 years without maintenance. What are the lease terms on a $400M dollar vehicle anyways?

  • by Tackhead (54550) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @07:46PM (#37281316)
    ~Translation of Intercepted Broadcast from Blue Planet~
    ~CLASSIFIED: FOR COUNCIL EYESTALKS ONLY~
    ~Begin Translation~

    EPIC! NASA reports that the seemingly-unstoppable robotic geologist Opportunity is finding things at Endeavour crater that it has never seen before, adding new life to a mission that has already been epic.

    L'avery, Executive for the Program, announced thus:

    "This is like having a brand-new beachhead for our battle-hardened juggernaut of steel; a remarkable bonus that comes from being able to rove with imputiny and utterly dominate the Martian surface."

    Another Member of the Program was quoted as saying "This is different from any rock ever seen on Mars", describing the presence of numerous sac-like pockets of zinc and bromine mineralization associated with less-acidic and potentially gelatinous conditions.

    When a project manager reminded the NASA delegation that after having exceeded its design lifetime by a factor of 30, and suggested that "at any time, we could lose a critical component on an essential rover system, and the mission would be over", L'avery had the project manager's testicles crushed and used as robotic wheel lubricant.

    ~End Translation of Intercepted Broadcast~
    ~For Victory, For Mars, For K'Breel~

  • by mywhitewolf (1923488) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @08:44PM (#37281728)

    well, you know what they say...

    2 stones in the hand are worth more than killing the bird in the bush with all their eggs in a basket....... or something, give me a break, this isn't rocket surgery!

  • by ae1294 (1547521) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @08:50PM (#37281764) Journal

    I would be interested in knowing the story of the engineering. When you consider a bonus of years of use from a device designed with a 90-day warranty, you'd really like to meet the folks who put the device together.

    Yes, clearly they need to be fired immediately. I mean, creating a product that outlives its warranty by more than 3 months is ridiculous. Frankly it should be a crime and god willing soon will be.

  • by 0100010001010011 (652467) on Thursday September 01, 2011 @09:58PM (#37282092)

    Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I'd have this analysis done in an hour.
    Scotty: How long will it really take?
    Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: An hour!
    Scotty: Oh, you didn't tell him how long it would *really* take, did ya?
    Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Well, of course I did.
    Scotty: Oh, laddie. You've got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker.

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