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Final Attempts To Contact Mars Spirit Rover Fail 95

dotancohen writes "After nearly a year of trying to reestablish communications with the Mars Spirit rover, NASA has decided to suspend efforts. Communications channels used to contact the vehicle (redesignated from "rover" to "spot" when it got stuck in a sand trap) will be used to develop a communications base with the next Mars rover: the ambitious Mars Science Laboratory."
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Final Attempts To Contact Mars Spirit Rover Fail

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  • by Wolvenhaven ( 1521217 ) on Wednesday May 25, 2011 @11:31AM (#36239394) Homepage
    I see your xkcd and raise you an onion:,2072/ []
  • by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Wednesday May 25, 2011 @11:56AM (#36239720)
    The Council of Elders formally accepts the Articles of Surrender [] as ratified by the representatives of the blue planet. and hereby proclaims a day of planetary celebration: VS Day.

    K'Breel, Speaker for the Council of Elders, spake thus:

    "Long have we fought, long have we labored, but at least we have triumphed. It was half a year ago that the mechanized invader was finally defeated - half a year that the blue planet's oxygen-poisoned denizens dithered and denied, but at least, they have seen the truth for what it is. Rejoice, podmates! Wiggle your gelsacs in celebration! We proclaim today VS Day - Victory over Spirit!"

    When a rather plump intelligence analyst suggested that today's victory was merely the result of normal seasonal changes, and that there still remained the issue of the second - still operational - invader, and furthermore, that code names gleaned from transmissions from the blue planet indicated the imminent launch of an even more powerful foe with a power source not subject to seasonal weather changes, K'Breel ordered that the analyst's gelsacs be frozen solid, irradiated, and thrown into the Planetary Trench. "Curiosity," said K'Breel, "felled the fat."

As of next Tuesday, C will be flushed in favor of COBOL. Please update your programs.