0695: "Spirit"

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0695: "Spirit"

Postby Quicksilver » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:31 am UTC

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alt text:"On January 26th, 2213 days into its mission, NASA declared Spirit a 'stationary research station', expected to operational for several more months until the dust buildup on its solar panels forces a final shutdown."
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"Spirit" Discussion (Merged)

Postby rawrr » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:32 am UTC

Second place goes to...

bad

Wait, that was your contribution? "bad"? No wonder you came in second (which is also "last")
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby smartalco » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:34 am UTC

I'm posting in this one since it had the first timestamp.

I like the suggestion I read in the arstechnica comments yesterday. In a few decades, when we actually get a manned mission to Mars, we should pick these guys up and bring them home.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Forum Viking » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:35 am UTC

I choose this one! Make it official. That said...

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby sourmìlk » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:35 am UTC

Oy, Randal, that was very depressing.

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic. :(
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby poxic » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:35 am UTC

Now I've gone and got all sad over a hunk of metal. Damn you, Randall.

BTW, Roving Mars is a great book. It's an account of the development and landing of the rovers written by the PI, Steve Squyres. Even though you know how the story ends, it's still a good read.

Edit for smartalco: in the book, Squyres says they thought of that scenario, but they'd like the rovers to stay on Mars. They were built for the place, after all.
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby rath358 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:36 am UTC

I hereby declare this the official thread.
Well...that comic hit me from somewhere totally unexpected.
I think I'm gonna go cry now.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Amarsir » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:36 am UTC

That's too sad, abandoning the robot on Mars. We need to go back to dogs and monkeys.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby lulzfish » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:36 am UTC

First timestamp, and the highest view number.
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Qaanol » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:36 am UTC

Excellent comic.

Title text is copied accurately above, and appears to be missing a verb in the original unless this is some variation of the "accidentally in" meme I'm unfamiliar with.
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby rawrr » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:37 am UTC

for the record, i have friends who worked on that, and was built* to stay there for a lot more than 90 days. it just runs out of test samples for a couple tests after that mark. bad
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby TheAbstractor » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:37 am UTC

This is a potential first: a typo in the alt-text?

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby UpwardProgression » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:38 am UTC

I think I'm going to cry now.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Yarn » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:39 am UTC

Machines should not have feeling.

Now I will see all my stuff as living, I hope this will pass.
*cough*

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Comic JK » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:39 am UTC

sourmìlk wrote:Oy, Randal, that was very depressing.
Not cool, not funny, not a good comic. :(

Depressing? Perhaps. Sweet, and poignant? That too. In fact, I'd call it the best in several weeks.

My only gripe is that it was late...but then, these things often run longer than you expect :wink:
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby macrocephalic » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:39 am UTC

So the next design of the rover will have brushes/wipers to clean it's own solar panels - rather than having to rely on dust being shaken off with motion?

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby cprocjr » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:40 am UTC

Wow, that's probably the most heavy xkcd of all time. It really put the time that Spirit outlasted it's mission into perspective though.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby rawrr » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:40 am UTC

no, it wont ever need those. even the current one, just when it seems to run out of battery life a gust comes by and saves it

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby KWierso » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:41 am UTC

"expected to operational"?

Really?

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby oxy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:42 am UTC

Thats so sad... poor little robot :cry:

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby FishyFred » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:43 am UTC

That was f'ing beautiful.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby manmantong2000 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:43 am UTC

I....I actually feel very sad, heart-arching, tear rolling in the corner of my eyes. Looks at the poor robot still "believe" until the dust finally cover it's solar panel and die thinking home...it's "spirit" makes me rethink about getting a new netbook.
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby pyrephoenix » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:46 am UTC

D'awww...

In other news, someone tell me I'm not the only one who's relating this not just to Spirit but also to 'The Waters of Mars' Doctor Who special. ("Gadget gadget.")

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby EnricoSeegerari » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:48 am UTC

cprocjr wrote:Wow, that's probably the most heavy xkcd of all time. It really put the time that Spirit outlasted it's mission into perspective though.

most heavy of all time, huh? how about http://xkcd.com/383/ ?

still, this one is up there.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby rocketrat » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:50 am UTC

That was awesome and depressing.

Someone should rescue it.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby jspenguin » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:50 am UTC

The comic is inaccurate: it shows Spirit driving forward after sol 779, when its right front wheel locked up. Since then, it's only been able to move backwards.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Mannerisky » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:52 am UTC

This is definitely my favorite XKCD of the last year. All my friends say that Randall has lost the touch, but then there are gems like this that keep it going.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby GreenStormElf » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:52 am UTC

Saddest XKCD ever.

One of the best, too.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby jspenguin » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:53 am UTC

rocketrat wrote:That was awesome and depressing.

Someone should rescue it.


Could happen sometime in the future... Apollo 12 brought back parts from the Surveyor 3 probe.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby alchemistique » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:54 am UTC

I didn't QUITE get this one at first, but god damn if that isn't the cutest little sad robot I've ever seen.

And color is always a refreshing surprise.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby westrim » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:57 am UTC

...Jesus Randall, this is the second time this week you have me questioning my life. And it feels really uncomfortable. But, you know, the good kind. I feel like if Spirit can handle losing a wheel, getting stuck several times, numerous hardware, software and power failures and still struggle along one more day, just one more day... well, I can't give up if Spirit didn't, even if it kills me.

sourmìlk wrote:Oy, Randal, that was very depressing.

Not cool, not funny, not a good comic. :(

You, sir, fail. Not everything of worth has to make you laugh. It is much better (though not exclusive from humor) if it makes you think, as this one does.

poxic wrote:Now I've gone and got all sad over a hunk of metal. Damn you, Randall.

BTW, Roving Mars is a great book. It's an account of the development and landing of the rovers written by the PI, Steve Squyres. Even though you know how the story ends, it's still a good read.

Edit for smartalco: in the book, Squyres says they thought of that scenario, but they'd like the rovers to stay on Mars. They were built for the place, after all.


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rath358 wrote:I hereby declare this the official thread.
Well...that comic hit me from somewhere totally unexpected.
I think I'm gonna go cry now.

UpwardProgression wrote:I think I'm going to cry now.


I want to, but I'm kind of clogged up. Feels very (physically) irritating. :(

Yarn wrote:Machines should not have feeling.

Now I will see all my stuff as living, I hope this will pass.


Damnit laptop, I'm so sorry I cracked your screen and returned you under warranty to be scrapped euthanized. Can you ever forgive me? :cry:

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rocketrat wrote:That was awesome and depressing.

Someone should rescue it.


Could happen sometime in the future... Apollo 12 brought back parts from the Surveyor 3 probe.


Damnit, do you people not read the posts before yours?


I believe this is along the same lines as the comic.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby chainofcommand02 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:58 am UTC

Also shades of Wall-E thrown in there, maybe.

EEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVAAAAAAAA!

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Eps05 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:00 am UTC

the alt text clearly shows that the rover was missing something important : a wiper

obviously no nasa engineer ever drove a car for a lenght of time in less-than-ideal situations :wink:

ok, hey actually thought about it.

still, soft brush wipers instead of flat rubber would have worked, right?

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby arcticfox.sq » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:00 am UTC

Time for a facebook petition to bring him back!

Awww he's shoooh cuuute
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Thesh » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:08 am UTC

Thank god, I thought I was the only one who felt bad for a machine.
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby exploto » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:08 am UTC

This reminds me of the movie Moon.
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Stupid Sam Bell, here I was all concerned for him for being a clone who was made just to work on the moon his whole life while his family was taken over by the original Sam Bell and all. But then the director told me that, really, the original Sam agreed to make the clones in the first place and they just erased that memory for him. You don't know how mad I am at him for making me feel bad for him and all, it was his own fault that jerkface :-(
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Felona » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:09 am UTC

Way to make me bawww. This is easily the best comic in recent memory.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Cheshire_Cat » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:12 am UTC

arcticfox.sq wrote:Time for a facebook petition to bring him back!

Awww he's shoooh cuuute


Joined "Save the Mars Rover Spirit" as soon as I read this webcomic. Well done Randall, well done.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby savanik » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:12 am UTC

I don't know, I certainly got a chuckle out of this comic. It's sad that the rover stopped, yes, but I couldn't help but be reminded of this:

"You did it! The weighted companion cube certainly brought you good luck. However, it cannot accompany you for the rest of the test and must, unfortunately, be euthanized. Please escort your companion cube to the Aperture Science Emergency Intelligence Incinerator."
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Bryce_747 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:15 am UTC

I'm surprised no ones mentioned the Brave Little Toaster yet, or even "I cannot self-terminate".


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