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Lord British's Lost Lunar Rover Found, After 37 Years

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the where-did-you-put-it-down? dept.

Moon 193

Lanxon writes "The guy behind Ultima Online once bought an old Russian rover, despite it being lost on the moon somewhere. And now, using images released by NASA, it has been located on the moon's surface after nearly four decades of being MIA, reports Wired. Richard Garriott, who created the Ultima Online multiplayer game, bought the Lunokhod 2 in a Sotheby's auction in New York in 1998. And so new was the discovery of his lost possession, he hadn't even heard that the craft had been discovered when Wired spoke to him." (Richard Garriott is also well known as Lord British.)

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No shit? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516342)

(Richard Garriott is also well known as Lord British.)

No shit, Sherlock? Gee, I couldn't have imagined that "Lord British" could have been the person who was the subject of your summary until you told me.

I was there, I saw the whole thing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516374)

It's covered with green cheese and cow droppings.

Re:I was there, I saw the whole thing. (3, Funny)

linzeal (197905) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516664)

Sounds like Wisconsin on St Pat's day are you sure you aren't just drunk in the Midwest again?

Proof he owns the moon. (4, Informative)

Qwell (684661) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516414)

At one point, Richard Garriott declared himself to be ruler of the moon, based on him being the only non-government entity to own anything physically on the moon.

It's a shame he doesn't make that claim more public.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516566)

Wouldn't his monarchy be a government entity?

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (5, Insightful)

shogun (657) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516572)

Wouldn't that then make him a government hence annulling his claim?

Which would then mean he isn't a government and then can validly make such a claim? /rinse and repeat /divide by zero

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (4, Funny)

PakProtector (115173) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516680)

Dude, he's Lord British.

Lord British.

I think he can do whatever he wants.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516746)

Can he stop bullets with his skin?

(Governments tend to use bullets when they start feeling vehement about something or other)

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (2, Insightful)

game kid (805301) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516848)

Yes, but he is still vulnerable to falling gold plaques, enraged catgirl goddesses of luck [wikia.com] , and Chuck Norris.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (2, Informative)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517658)

And Rainz. [gmtristan.com]

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516710)

Norman Coordinate!

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (1)

Divide By Zero (70303) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517426)

You rang? I think you have to have citizens to govern before you can be a government. But that's just my two cents, which you clearly asked for.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (5, Funny)

KingOfTheMoon (1315575) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516586)

I will suffer no claims to my throne.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (5, Informative)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516688)

At one point, Richard Garriott declared himself to be ruler of the moon, based on him being the only non-government entity to own anything physically on the moon.

Oooooook.

http://www.lunarembassy.com/ [lunarembassy.com]

http://www.lunarregistry.com/ [lunarregistry.com]

http://archives.cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/11/20/lunar.land/ [cnn.com]

One thing's clear: he's about to owe someone, somewhere, for parking.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (2, Funny)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517060)

I see you're interested in property. Well have I got a deal for you! I've got the Brooklyn Bridge, recently being sold by NYC in the wake of the recession. Mind you, the WHOLE bridge isn't for sale (who could afford that!), but what I'm selling is a percentage of ownership of the bridge! Act fast! They aren't building another one!

Bridges not your style? How about some excellent prime real-estate in Florida?

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (1)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517366)

What are you - a sponsored link on Google?

If this bridge or that Florida of which you speak is not listed on eBay, then I'm not taken in by your scam!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Acre-of-land-on-the-Moon-the-perfect-gift-say-the-BBC_W0QQitemZ230443051912QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Collectables_WeirdStuff_RL?hash=item35a779eb88#ht_4253wt_1080 [ebay.com]

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (1, Insightful)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517330)

It's all bullshit anyways. Until you actually have military presents (boots on the ground), the Moon doesn't belong to anyone regardless of what fuckall a contract has to say.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517386)

Presents from the military or presents to give the military and either way, how would they help?

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (1)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517402)

You've missed some memos....

http://www.thesixtyone.com/bootstothemoon/ [thesixtyone.com]

http://www.moon-boots.com/ [moon-boots.com]

With all the bluster, I say it's mine until you get boots on the ground to displace my claim - kinda like Iraq or Afghanistan.

I, for one, speaking for many, certainly hope you're not advocating a surge to La Luna Grande!

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (4, Funny)

siloko (1133863) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517410)

your comment is so full of awesome i just burnt my dictionary.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (1)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517422)

Bravo! Bravo! :-D

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (4, Funny)

radtea (464814) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516852)

As of 10/06/03, I hate COBOL developers

As of the 10th of June 1903 you hate COBOL developers?

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517390)

Surely you mean june 3rd of year 10. Unless the parent meant 0.555555555555556 for some reason.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517544)

As of the 10th of June 1903 you hate COBOL developers?

It is a bit late for a Y2k joke, iddn't it.

Re:Proof he owns the moon. (3, Interesting)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517156)

At one point, Richard Garriott declared himself to be ruler of the moon, based on him being the only non-government entity to own anything physically on the moon.

Well, a Grumman employee snuck a picture if his daughter onto Eagle's descent stage, and one of the astronauts lefts a bible on a rover seat, and another left a memorial [to fallen astronauts] statute... And that's just the ones we know about.
 
So Garriot's claim is tenuous at best.

And the photos of the moon landing site are... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516428)

where?

Re:And the photos of the moon landing site are... (4, Informative)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516518)

Here [nasa.gov] .

Re:And the photos of the moon landing site are... (-1, Troll)

Adaeniel (1315637) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516696)

Those are totally faked using Photoshop, or GIMP since this is Slashdot.

Re:And the photos of the moon landing site are... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516706)

GIMP's for faggots. dick gobbling faggots.

Re:And the photos of the moon landing site are... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516778)

Yeah, everyone knows that ass fucking faggots all choose iPhoto.

Re:And the photos of the moon landing site are... (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516842)

Okay, we get it, you love GIMP.

Re:And the photos of the moon landing site are... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516896)

(Score: 5, Informative)

Re:And the photos of the moon landing site are... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516910)

And you love getting your asshole licked at the gay bathhouse that you frequent every Thursday night.

Re:And the photos of the moon landing site are... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517648)

[citation needed]

Re:And the photos of the moon landing site are... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516700)

In your cum-stained asshole, faggot.

Shipping. (1)

Cur8or (1220818) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516454)

How much was the shipping charge?

Ebay Oportunity Awaits (0)

yo_tuco (795102) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516468)

What a deal. All he has to do is go up there and get it and he can sell it for 10X what he paid for it on Ebay!! Oh, wait a minute...

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516504)

he probably could sell it on eBay anyway without physically getting it. wouldn't be first such sale

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516530)

moon on a stick?

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (5, Funny)

Fractal Dice (696349) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516556)

As he is someone who has made his fortune from people paying for virtual possessions, I doubt that physical possession of the item is really that important for the sale :)

He should create an inventory of the parts of the rover and rent out custody of individual pieces on monthly subscription to those who want bragging rights to "having" something on the moon.

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (1)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516588)

I would love to be able to say/do that. ..

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517190)

Huh? We do that on a daily basis. What do you think our whole capital system based on credit is?

Capital and money for that matter, regardless of it being fiat or backed by precious metals), are fairly arbitrary metrics and behave as a virtual good.

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (1)

lilmunkysguy (740848) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516804)

You are insightful.

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517048)

He should create an inventory of the parts of the rover and rent out custody of individual pieces on monthly subscription to those who want bragging rights to "having" something on the moon.

I'd buy THAT for a dollar!

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (1)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517378)

"He should create an inventory of the constituent atoms of the rover and rent out custody of individual atoms on monthly subscription to those who want bragging rights to "having" something on the moon."

TFIFY.

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (1)

Divide By Zero (70303) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517442)

+1, Goddamn Genius.

Re:Ebay Oportunity Awaits (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517270)

I think this is probably one instance where checking the fine print on the shipping fees might be a really good idea.

Wait. Who am I kidding...? eBay... you always need to check the fine print on the shipping...

Nigger (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516490)

Nigger stole my lunar rover, nigger stole my lunar rover, nigger stole my lunar rover

John Carmack has this guy beat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516516)

He bought a probe thought to be lost in Uranus.

Turns out Richard Gere had it.

Re:John Carmack has this guy beat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517240)

In his bum.

Huh?

I once (1)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516522)

went out drank too much and took a taxi home. I left my rover and intended to pick it up the next day. One day turned into three days before I finally went after and got it. But this guy wins.

Re:I once (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516616)

A rover? You should have left it there.

Just goes to show... (4, Funny)

qsliver (1737040) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516534)

...you really need to read the fine print when buying a used car!

Re:Just goes to show... (1)

magus_melchior (262681) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517120)

FOR SALE. Off-road rover, all-electric.
RUSSIAN QUALITY! Works in low gravity or
no atmosphere. $2000 OBO.
ONLY ONE UNIT AVAILABLE. First come first serve.

...what? (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516544)

"Lord British"? Seriously?
I thought Yahtzee [escapistmagazine.com] was joking.

Re:...what? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516692)

"Lord British"? Seriously? I thought Yahtzee [escapistmagazine.com] was joking.

And now we have people who just know Lord British as "a guy that Yahtzee has once mentioned". *sigh* Where is this world going to?

Re:...what? (4, Informative)

spleen_blender (949762) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516770)

Yeah, he should rightfully be remembered as that guy who got killed while in god mode in the game he created.

http://www.gamestooge.com/2009/01/02/feature-the-day-lord-british-died/ [gamestooge.com]

Re:...what? (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517676)

To be precise, he got killed after forgetting to turn god-mode on in the game he created.

Re:...what? (-1, Troll)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517080)

Yeah +999 Insightful. Seriously, wtf?

Re:...what? (1)

arcade (16638) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516768)

Youngling.

Seriously.

Re:...what? (3, Informative)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516830)

I don't know who "Yahtzee" is, other than a Hasbro trademark, but Richard Garriot has been making video games since the late 70s as Lord British. If you haven't heard of him before 2010, it's not because he's been quiet.

Re:...what? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516964)

I dont care what he did in the long past, his most recent work was Hellgate London, which was beyond terrible.

Re:...what? (1)

Genesys1 (308507) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517084)

I believe you're mistaken, he had nothing to do with Hellgate: London.

Re:...what? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517300)

Yep, you are right. It was Tabula Rasa that was his steaming pile of shit.

Re:...what? (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517374)

In all fairness, NCSoft was responsible for the failure of Tabula Rasa, not Garriott. The same could be said about EA's involvement in Ultima 9.

Re:...what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517542)

Yeah but it had his name all over it. If it was a steaming pile, he shouldn't have let it be released.

Re:...what? (4, Insightful)

ximenes (10) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516992)

He also hasn't made a noteable game since 1997 (or 1999 if you consider Ultima IX noteable), at best 11 years ago. While I instantly know who Lord British is, he is far from a household name to someone who was 3 when Ultima Online launched.

That's right, it's happened to you: you got old.

Re:...what? (1)

dave420 (699308) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517262)

Oh snap.

Re:...what? (1)

Narcocide (102829) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516954)

Re:...what? (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516962)

You do realize you were most likely being trolled, right?

Re:...what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517168)

Rinse, repeat.

Re:...what? (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517400)

He wasn't.

Re:...what? (3, Insightful)

Khyber (864651) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517490)

"I thought Yahtzee was joking."

Dude you need to turn in your geek card and walk right out the door. You're too ignorant of our world to be here. And if you don't know of Lord British, you're likely too young to boot!

Look Closer (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516682)

Further observation reveals a parking ticket and booted wheel. With time elapsed, the fine comes to 100 million quatloos.

Re:Look Closer (4, Funny)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517050)

Further observation reveals a parking ticket and booted wheel. With time elapsed, the fine comes to 100 million quatloos.

Here are your messages:

'You have thirty minutes to move your lunar rover.'
'You have ten minutes to move your rover.'
'Your rover has been impounded.'
'Your rover has been crushed into a cube.'
'You have thirty minutes to move your cube.'

Ultima Online!? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516728)

ULTIMA ONLINE!? One of the greatest video game designers to ever live, and the summary only gives him credit for a lame, abandoned MMORPG?

If you're going to mention only one Richard Garriott game, shouldn't it be Ultima VII?

Dude, where's my car? (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516738)

When he tries to pick it up, he'll be bugged by two gay Scandinavian dudes.

Re:Dude, where's my car? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516950)

They must be Linux users, probably going to bug him about trying some obscure distro like LinFag, LinSux or DickSmokingOS

Re:Dude, where's my car? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517218)

Shame that wasn't actually a Perfect Dark reference...

Super Saver Shipping (1)

lowy (91366) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516762)

Silly man, if he had added just one moon rock to his shopping cart he would have qualified for free shipping.

creator of Ultima Online? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31516786)

amusing that that's his byline these days. didn't anyone play Ultima or Ultima ][, three or four on their ][+?

Re:creator of Ultima Online? (1, Funny)

Spy Handler (822350) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516820)

not everyone here is an old fogey -_-

Re:creator of Ultima Online? (1)

Reason58 (775044) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516946)

not everyone here is an old fogey -_-

It is important to maintain a healthy balance, otherwise whose lawns will you stand on?

Re:creator of Ultima Online? (1)

ZosX (517789) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517626)

Get off my lawn!

Re:creator of Ultima Online? (2, Informative)

spiderbitendeath (577712) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516902)

Nope, it was on my C64.

Financial Help to Stop Foreclosure (-1, Offtopic)

ProLoanMod (1769724) | more than 4 years ago | (#31516972)

Having a Lunar Rover would be too fun!! Guess this guy won't need my Loan Modification Services if he can buy stuff off the moon!! If anyone here on earth need help go to http://www.proloanmod.com/ [proloanmod.com] and we'll be happy to help you out. 100% success ratio so far.

Parking ticket (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517104)

One can only hope the Russians didnt park the thing next to a hydrant.

Killing lord british was a childhood obsession (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31517158)

I tried EVERYTHING - glass swords, powder kegs, cannons. He just stood there and didn't even flinch.

Russians are smart people (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517248)

Not only do they get rid of their junk by sending it off world, they also find someone dumb enough to pay for it.

A little off-topic... (4, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517288)

But this guy is largely famous for creating the Ultima franchise, which is basically all but dead, because EA sank their fangs into Origin Systems and killed the company.

EA owns the Ultima IP. They also own Bioware, perhaps the number 1 Computer RPG shop on the planet.

Richard Garriott isn't doing anything these days, and I imagine most gamers have never played a single player Ultima these days.

The original Ultima games are barely playable today. The original trilogy is a little too straight forward, full of continuity holes, etc. He wasn't planning a lengthy franchise at that point.

They need to remake the Ultima franchise from the beginning. Arguably they could just use the Dragon Age engine and toolset that Bioware just developed, though I would hope a proper Ultima game would have one seamless world as opposed to maps like Dragon Age. Someone needs to make this happen, like yesterday.

Re:A little off-topic... (1)

ZosX (517789) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517642)

Have you tried the U5 remake based on dungeon siege? It was a ton of fun....

Re:A little off-topic... (2, Informative)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517706)

Yes, and it is very much worth linking to.

http://www.u5lazarus.com/ [u5lazarus.com]

Many of the same people have been working on an Ultima VI remake, and a generic platform for Ultima remakes continuing the U5-Lazarus code.

http://u6project.com/ [u6project.com]

conspiracy theories (3, Interesting)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517296)

you gotta love conspiracy theories surrounding the US moon landings.

For those, still not sure, check out these pics from the Harsh Mistress herself [nasa.gov] , look for example at Apollo 14 photos, there are footstep trails visible. Ain't it cool?

Coordinates anyone? (1)

Derf the (610150) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517304)

Haven't seen an references to the geo (!geo) coords of the site to give it a proper home address & let us check out it's neighbourhood. Any hints?

The Man Who Bought The Moon? (1)

drfreak (303147) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517318)

This reminds me of Heinlein's The Man Who Sold The Moon [wikipedia.org] . Maybe if he moves into the probe, he can also claim ownership of the Moon.

Who has salvage rights on the Moon? (1)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517336)

If I can go get it, can I have it? Some of the Apollo gear would fetch a pretty penny on eBay, but I assume I would have to deliver it, not just "sell it in place".

Never lost (4, Informative)

mbone (558574) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517428)

Lunokhod 2 has been returning Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR) pulses since the early 1970's. Not only is it not lost, its position is known to a centimeter or better.

Finding Lunokhod 1, which has been missing since 1971, would be a real coup, especially if LLR returns could be obtained from it.

Exclusive Club (1)

Unsub (1743120) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517510)

As one of a half dozen or so entities that can lay claim to tangible property on the Moon, it does put him in an exclusive club . Not current on my Lunar Law, but I think it's safe to say there's plenty of gray area that will need to be fleshed out as to who can claim exclusive rights to anything. Right now, there's not much more that differentiates Joe Schmoe (contextually) from Russia or India or Lord British other than Joe owns no Moon trash. What if Branson bought the thing? We'd be talking about the U.S., China, India, EU, Japan, Russia, and Virgin Galactic in the Club. Would that warrant a seat on the Lunar Policy Steering Committee table?

"Britishing" hehe... (3, Informative)

Guppy (12314) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517584)

What the hell are you talking about? The only reason I play UO is for all the "Britishing": paying real world dollars to people for cyber-sex, then player killing them as I climax. That's the only reason anyone plays UO - all the violent sex. Jesus, man, where have you been?

Remember Old Man Murray reviews? Coined the term "Britishing":
http://www.oldmanmurray.com/shortreviews/sr5.html [oldmanmurray.com]

Regolith Removers Interstellar (1)

smapdi_42 (1768740) | more than 4 years ago | (#31517614)

I call total lunar franchise rights for plow companies specializing in regolith clearing. Yes!
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