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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-24-2011 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit

NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010.

A transmission that will end on Wednesday, May 25, will be the last in a series of attempts. Extensive communications activities during the past 10 months also have explored the possibility that Spirit might reawaken as the solar energy available to it increased after a stressful Martian winter without much sunlight. With inadequate energy to run its survival heaters, the rover likely experienced colder internal temperatures last year than in any of its prior six years on Mars. Many critical components and connections would have been susceptible to damage from the cold.

Engineers' assessments in recent months have shown a very low probability for recovering communications with Spirit.

Communications assets that have been used by the Spirit mission in the past, including NASA's Deep Space Network of antennas on Earth, plus two NASA Mars orbiters that can relay communications, now are needed to prepare for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. MSL is scheduled to launch later this year.

"We're now transitioning assets to support the November launch of our next generation Mars rover, Curiosity," said Dave Lavery, program executive for solar system exploration. "However, while we no longer believe there is a realistic probability of hearing from Spirit, the Deep Space Network may occasionally listen for any faint signals when the schedule permits."

Spirit landed on Mars on Jan. 3, 2004, for a mission designed to last three months. After accomplishing its prime-mission goals, Spirit worked to accomplish additional objectives. Its twin, Opportunity, continues active exploration of Mars.

Max Q
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GACspaceguy
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divemaster
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posted 05-25-2011 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kudos to the designers who said it had a 90 day life span that turned into six years for one of them, while the other still trudges on. The science we have amassed will fill volumes. We should be very proud.

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garymilgrom
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posted 05-25-2011 07:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Send Story and Mike, a couple of tools plus an extra circuit board - and Spirit will be good for another few years.

Per divemaster's comments the people behind this mission should be proud of their work.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 05-25-2011 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope that one of the manned missions to Mars - whenever that might be - lands near Spirit, if anything for an astronaut to give a pat to the rover and a verbalized, "Thank you for all you've done." Then perhaps, erect a shelter over Spirit and a further, "Sleep well."

BC
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posted 05-25-2011 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations to the incredible team that made Spirit such a success! Farewell Spirit, and we thank you!!

Philip
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posted 05-25-2011 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
7 year itch for a Mars rover? Spirit and the JPL-team did a great job!

Looking forward to Curiosity...

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It is my hope that when we do send men and women to Mars that one of the things on the EVA check list is "pick up Spirit." These rovers should return to Earth for museum pieces one day.

ringo67
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Henk Boshuijer
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SpaceAholic
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posted 05-25-2011 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fezman92:
These rovers should return to Earth for museum pieces one day.
Naw... it's got to stay there and after being long forgotten, will be rediscovered by a stranded astronaut who will use its parts to fashion a makeshift radio much as Val Kilmer did in Red Planet.

ilbasso
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posted 05-25-2011 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So sad to say goodbye to both Spirit and Endeavour in the same month!

Fra Mauro
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posted 05-25-2011 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Farewell Spirit! Sleep well, you will always be remembered. Seems like we have lost a friend -- may Opportunity continue on for many more years.

bruce
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posted 05-25-2011 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fezman92:
These rovers should return to Earth for museum pieces one day.
Totally agree.

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jasonelam
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capoetc
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posted 05-26-2011 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fezman92:
These rovers should return to Earth for museum pieces one day.
Hmmm ... why not have Spirit become a museum piece in a museum on Mars?

randy
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hlbjr
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posted 05-26-2011 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hlbjr   Click Here to Email hlbjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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You may be hardware, circuit boards, and silicon but you had a tenacious and determined soul Spirit. Thanks.

fredtrav
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Spirit, may your spirit continue to inspire.

music_space
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tegwilym
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I'm just waiting for the sad ending video like they released from Phoenix when that one was officially laid to rest! Great video though, but always has such a sad ending.

Dave Clow
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One of the great pleasures of living close to JPL is getting to meet the people who make these projects such a resounding success. Spirit wasn't just a machine for them. She was a tenacious underdog with a heart and a soul, and she earned every inch she crossed. A salute to her and to everyone who rode with her.

SkyMan1958
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posted 05-10-2013 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a time-lapse video of Spirit's entire journey on Mars. It's just under 3 minutes long...

Zach121k
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posted 06-02-2013 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Zach121k   Click Here to Email Zach121k     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does a video of the whole or large part of the NASA TV broadcast of the Spirit launch exist? I can only find the rocket cam videos.

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