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LinuxWorldExpo.com RUNS WINDOWS 2000 + IIS!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057286)


Mars Defense System (3, Funny)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057289)

chalk another one up for the mars defense system.

Re:Mars Defense System (5, Funny)

PowerBert (265553) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057384)

No, this ones down to Beagle.
It was never intended to send the EU any data, it's a Special Ops lander.
It's spent the past month hunting down Spirit Rover and maintinaing radio silence.
Spirit will be on the end of a solar powered swiss army knife by now.

Re:Mars Defense System (4, Funny)

imitier (674794) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057408)

Yes, I must admit that I was hoping more than a little that this news of lost contact would be accompanied by a last few photos taken by the Spirit, showing some shadowy figures approaching the rover and posing for the camera.

Hoax (4, Funny)

pheared (446683) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057417)

It's a hoax. Nasa knows that space exploration will never capture the minds of the people unless it appeals to the least common denominator, just like nascar. They want to introduce car crashes into their missions to revitalize people's interest in the program and to increase funding.

Re:Hoax (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057485)

but did it happen at high speeds?!

i admit it was really cool when they started adding and needing air-bags on their probes, but i guess that got old fast when they started landing successfully that way.

and the lack of probe reck pics is a bit disappointing. if they could add a mini-probe to take pics of the main probe in all its bleeding, cut and brused glory, that would help. oh, and shots of the probes family looking fearful for the probes life.

Re:Mars Defense System (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057493)

I heard it was Princess Anne's dogs this time.

Adirondack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057290)

Adirondack Struck Back

Opportunity (3, Interesting)

Kiriwas (627289) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057291)

I'm really praying for Opportunity now. We may really need that rover if some good data is to come out of these missions.

Re:Opportunity (2, Insightful)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057349)

pity, NASA really needs a success that this mission was turning into. They cant afford another big failure (granted this is only part of the mission and the sister rover is scheduled to land soon) but its a black eye to an already bruised image.

Re:Opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057360)

How dare you pray for a scientific experiment. This is Slashdot you religious troll! Don't be so intollerant of the rest of us.

You poor deluded fool... (2, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057483)

You've obviously never lost your last 75 cents in the snack machine at 3 AM!

Re:Opportunity (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057505)

I'm really praying for Opportunity now.

Oh, thanks. That'll help. *rolls eyes*

Really unfortunate (2, Insightful)

mknewman (557587) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057292)

NASA really doesn't need any bad news right now. Hopefully they will be able to work around this problem. Marc

Re:Really unfortunate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057418)

ESA needs some good news as well. They look like complete asshats with their stupid showing with Beagle.

I found it! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057295)

On www.ebay.mars/landers/used.

BSOD (5, Funny)

Augusto (12068) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057298)

Somewhere in Mars, a little robot has a screen with the Blue Screen of Death.

L0L y0u m4d3 t3h M1cr0s0ft j0k3!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057369)

U r 2 l33t 4 m3 2 c0mp3t3!!

Re:BSOD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057378)

So you're saying that a spacecraft using a Microsoft powered OS made it to Mars and the ESA's spacecraft using a non-Microsoft OS didn't.

I guess Microsoft is the best after all.

The money I made off their stock would add concurrance to that.

Re:BSOD (5, Funny)

borroff (267566) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057412)

Of course, it's too early to eliminate the use of the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

This would explain it... (0, Funny)

mhazen (144368) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057299)

Apparently the rover stumbled on the missing WMD's and had to be "silenced".

If this is not the first post... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057300)

...I will allow little green Mars men hack at my genitals with little green axes.

As always, links to video will be posted!

Re:If this is not the first post... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057343)

Too bad for your genitals. eek

WHen we finally get humans there.. (5, Funny)

Maeryk (87865) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057306)

Why do I suspect we are going to find all of the assorted junk Mars has eaten, neatly disassembled and stacked in piles according to the flag painted on the equipment?


not as bad as it sounds. (5, Insightful)

mlyle (148697) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057307)

A considerable number of things have to work properly for the rover to be in its present state. Mars Global Surveyor received a carrier on UHF but no data, confirming that the UHF antenna, amplifier, and tranmitter are functional. The fact that it transmitted at the correct time (at night) indicates batteries and power systems are at least mostly functional, and that the spacecraft computer/avionics system was able to calculate the time of the MGS pass.

Also, NASA's DSN (Deep Space Network) has been able to send commands asking Spirit to send tones on X-Band, and has received the response tones back. This confirms that at least the low gain antenna, antenna switch, x-band receiver, and x-band tone transmitter are functional.

Perhaps a software fault or a synchronization problem with the radios is preventing valid daa frames from being transmitted. The fact that so much is known to functional argues against a failure that will incapacitate the spacecraft indefinitely. In the coming days, if communications are not restored, the spacecraft will enter safe modes that cause it to try harder to transmit and will reset subsystems. I am optimistic at this point.

Re:not as bad as it sounds. (0, Redundant)

Greg151 (132824) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057407)

Is there some sort of reboot built into this gizmo? One would think that it would have a reboot timer built in, or that NASA could give it a reboot command to start the whole thing up again. I am hoping that this isn't too serious, either, and we can still recover from the error.

Good Luck, little Spirit.

Re:not as bad as it sounds. (1, Redundant)

mlyle (148697) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057434)

From the parent post:

In the coming days, if communications are not restored, the spacecraft will enter safe modes that cause it to try harder to transmit and will reset subsystems. I am optimistic at this point.

Re:not as bad as it sounds. (1)

Glog (303500) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057433)

And who might you be - you seem to be knowledgeable about the rover yet you do not quote any articles so I am assuming that you have insider info? Or are you just playing the part?

Re:not as bad as it sounds. (3, Informative)

mlyle (148697) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057473)

I watched the press conference and have read extensively about the communications system. I am also the person featured in yesterday's slashdot article about imagery and my postprocessing/color correction/stereo anaglyph creation from it.

Re:not as bad as it sounds. (5, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057512)

I am assuming that you have insider info? Or are you just playing the part?

He probably gets NASA TV on his TV system. I'm watching it now and they're going over this stuff. There's a press conference ongoing.

Re:not as bad as it sounds. (4, Interesting)

blair1q (305137) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057467)

By now they have probably rebooted it (forced it through safe mode to clear any software fault; space vehicles never really go all the way "down"), so if it's still happenning I would say it's either a hardware fault or corruption of essential software or data in (putatively) nonvolatile memory (not unreasonable in high-rad environments).

If it is corruption of secondary memory, and since they can send valid commands, presumably they can attempt to upload new data/code to fix it.

If they haven't forced it through safe mode, then they're not too worried and are more interested in characterizing the problem than getting on with the scientific mission. Which is a good or a bad thing depending on which sort of information is more valuable. I'm sure the guys in the software group have their bias.

A fatal exception 0E has occurred..... (5, Funny)

flinxmeister (601654) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057315)

Please restart your rover. If the problem persists, contact support@nasa.gov.

Ha ha (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057316)

Silly Americans. Beagle was, in actual fact, a saboteur machine, and it has been lying in wait for your little buggy to attack!

Score one for our defence department. God save the Queen!

Re:Ha ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057462)

It's cute how the EUians laugh off their failures.

Mars is colonized (1, Redundant)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057320)

My theories

* Mars is colonized by 4 dimensional beings, we can't see them.

* Mars is colonized by microscopic sentient super beings, we landed on one of their metro city ares.

* NASA sucks.

Anyone care to add to this?

Re:Mars is colonized (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057444)

*the rover was a Ford ;)

Re:Mars is colonized (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057484)


* you suck?

It escaped!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057323)

It found the martians and espcaped tired of the people of Earth!

Re:It escaped!! (5, Funny)

N3WBI3 (595976) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057406)

We all know whats going on, the Martians hot wired it and are joy riding around. The green bastards also painted flames on the side and put a tacky neon license plate mount on the front..

Yesterday Nasa said it sent back lots of data (1)

HMA2000 (728266) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057324)

I forget where I read it but one of the nasa engineers said something very similiar to "It's like we got an internet upgrade overnight"

Would these things be related in anyway or am I making something out of nothing?

Let's hope its just software (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057326)

But Spirit was only transmitting "pseudo-noise", a random series of zeroes and ones in binary code and not anything the scientists could decipher. - BBC News

It sounds like we still have power and an antenna. Hopefully its just some software error will need a reboot to correct the problem. I think they were late debugging this stuff and actually had to upload the software after the launch. Maybe they missed something.

The only issue I heard was some voltage spikes when the high-gain antenna was rotated. They were not reproduced but perhaps some underlying problem has occurred.

Up to now, NASA has made this look so easy. This is a wake-up call. Putting robots unto another planet is still an epic achievement and so much is left to go wrong even after the landing is over.

Let's hope this is just a red screen of death and a reboot will shake things loose.

Radio update (2, Informative)

Wingchild (212447) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057334)

The newsflash I heard over the radio at lunch quoted someone (didn't catch a name) as saying that, at present, Spirit wasn't even relaying telemetry data -- so for the time being they've no way to even tell what happened, let alone how to fix it.

I hope that they track it down and can fix it easily; Spirit was one of the coolest things going in recent weeks, and was providing a welcome break from all the election primary coverage.

I also really hope we don't degenerate into a `hah, you laughed at Beagle, now it's your turn` style flamewar. Hell, I'll actually settle for one or the other. :)

Re:Radio update (1)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057438)

I also really hope we don't degenerate into a `hah, you laughed at Beagle, now it's your turn` style flamewar

Agreed, that would be a pity; we should all get excited when a mission succeeds, and all feel disappointed when one fails, irrespective of nationality. I was pissed enough that so many people on /. did laugh when Beagle disappeared; let's hope the same doesn't happen in the other direction.

Coincidence (1)

chadw17 (308037) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057341)

I know, I know, the Martian Air Force strikes again, but while this is pretty solidly bad news, We've got another lander still scheduled to arrive Saturday.
The pictures have been great so far, and at least if something was going to go wrong, it happened late enough that it wasn't a bust from the beginning. In fact, just as the press news was dying off, Spirit died. Like some wild soap opera, cut off from communication, what will happen to the next lander!?!

Software Error (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057350)

Apparently, one of the possible causes is a software error. That would be worrying, as there is a set of (presumably) identical software about to land on Mars in the next few days.

Not so smug now, eh yanks? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057351)

At least you get another stab at it in a few months time.

Not The End Of The World (4, Informative)

Henry V .009 (518000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057353)

From the press release: similar events occurred several times during the Mars Pathfinder mission So a friendly "Don't Panic."

Figures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057355)

The GTA3 guy probably jacked it.

Mars is a dangerous place (1)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057358)

Once again this reminds me of how dangerous Mars is. I'd very much like to see a large number of successful probe and robotic missions before we even think of sending people there.

Manned missions are far more complicated and have greater risks of failure. The public outcry over their deaths will be much greater than for a robot probe.

Re:Mars is a dangerous place (2, Insightful)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057504)

I disagree completely. The presence of people would make missions much more likely to succeed in a variable environment. There's nothing like a good engineer's ingenuity, a screwdriver and a soldering iron to get out of a tight spot.

Marswalks ought to be much simpler and easier than spacewalks, so repairs should go a lot faster.

NASA team loses contact with Mars rover (1)

nubbie (454788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057366)

CNN.com has the latest information from the press conference that was held today @ 9am PST.

Re:NASA team loses contact with Mars rover (1)

nubbie (454788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057403)

Doh! Here is the link!

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/01/22/spirit. co ntact/index.html

Re:NASA team loses contact with Mars rover (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057416)

More information [google.com] on current and previous Mars failures and NASA in general.

Check it out... (3, Interesting)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057372)

I found this not too long ago [nasa.gov]... It's a simulated bird's eye view from MER-B or the Opportunity Rover looking at Mars. It's supposed to land at around 9 PM PST on January 24.

I sure hope this does better than some of the others so far.. Otherwise we might already know it's fate.

Might have gotten a signal (2, Informative)

paranoid123 (633401) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057374)

All is not lost, they mention that similar problems came up the the Pathfinder mission. Listening to the press conference, they said that the Spirit Rover did respond to a "give me a beep" signal. So the engineer said it looks more like a memory fault or software fault, rather than a more serious power fault.

Conspiracy Theory (4, Funny)

jpsst34 (582349) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057377)

Some custodial technicial at a large airplane hangar shaped building in northeastern florida or southern california accidentally pulled the CatV cable from the patch panel.

Nothing to see here, move along (3, Insightful)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057381)

AFAICT, this is not a Big Deal. They recieved acknolegement from the rover, they just haven't heard anything since. It's certainly possible it went haywire, and flipped itself over, and is now just doomed, but it seems unlikely. Sojourner managed to survive comms glitches, and I'm sure this buggy will, too. Hell, it's not like dropped packets are unheard of on the Internet, and we still manage to read slashdot every day.

I suppose if I was ambitious, this would be a good time for a joke about sSFGKJL%% NO CARRIER

Freaking Martian Hackers... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057382)

All your spirit are belong to us.

This is hilarious (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057387)

I just love seeing your precious science fail. Oh for lorn! Where's your science-god now? What a huge waste of money. People could have been clothed and fed. You men of renown clothed in your robes of knowledge. One day your faces will be driven into the dirt before the glory of the Almighty.

Distortion (1)

tobechar (678914) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057390)

Perhaps this rover got close to a large deposit of iron or some other unknown metal. I am sure the iron could cause at least a little bit of distortion.

Perhaps a solar flare could be causing the communication errors. I suppose we'll have to wait for more details.

More info... (1, Informative)

Equis (723653) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057395)

The Detroit Free Press [freep.com] (by way of the Associated Press) reports:
NASA last heard from Spirit early Wednesday. Since then, it has returned just random, meaningless radio noise - and only then sporadically, scientists said. Initially, the scientists said they believed weather problems on Earth caused the glitch. They now said they believe the rover was experiencing hardware or software problems.

``This is a serious problem. This is an extremely serious anomaly,'' project manager Pete Theisinger said.

NASA last heard from Spirit as it prepared to continue its work examining its first rock, just a few yards from its lander.


Since then, Spirit has transmitted just a few beeps to Earth in response to attempts to communicate with it. It has also skipped several scheduled communications opportunities, either directly with Earth or by way of two NASA satellites in orbit around Mars.

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory worked to pinpoint the yet-unknown problem.

``It's not clear there is one cause ... that would explain the observables we're seeing,'' deputy project manager Richard Cook said.

Here's hoping for good luck on Saturday as Opportunity takes its turn...

The most annoying thing... (4, Funny)

CausticPuppy (82139) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057397)

There sits Spirit, silent and still on the frigid Martian surface.

Somewhere deep within its electronics, there's an error that was trapped. The message, which would be displayed if only there was a monitor onboard,
simply reads:

Communication error; press any key to retry


Lesson learned: be sure to handle your exceptions properly.

Re:The most annoying thing... (1)

arbitrary nickname (325162) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057492)

More likely, it's got a watchdog timer that reboots it in the case of such a failure... but upon reboot it came up with....

Keyboard Error: Press any key to continue

Don't worry (2, Funny)

saldek (139594) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057399)

The rover is running java, so the garbage collector probably kicked in. Give it a few more days and it should be fine agian.

reboot required (1)

greystormcloud (710160) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057402)

Helpdesk: Just give it a reboot NASA: We have lost communication to the server Helpdesk: Thats ok we can get an onsite tech to reboot. Try "ctrl - alt - delete" if that fails hit the power. NASA: beep.... beep..... beep.....

Send troops to "liberate" Mars ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057409)

We got to find their mass destruction weapons !

I guest it is a powerfull inter-planetary spin-off of bin laden .org this time that destroy every western space toys.

Be sure, they are about to invade us and will destroy earth in a while.

certainly the communications software. (5, Funny)

fireduck (197000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057415)

given that NASA uses real player [nasa.gov] for their briefings, they're probably just stuck waiting for the "buffering..." message to finish.

More details on the BBC (2, Informative)

r1ch (166865) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057419)

There are some more details in the BBC article here [bbc.co.uk]. Apparently the radio is working fine but it seems to be transmitting random data. Anyone know where the 'reset' button is?

I really hope that this isn't the end of Spirit.

Newsconferece replays (4, Informative)

rufey (683902) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057421)

NASA TV is replaying the news conference from this morning. They have replayed it twice so far.

Its been reported that a signal was sent to Spirit this morning to try and figure out whether it was in fault mode or not, and preliminary results suggest that Spirit is in fault mode. This is preliminary data and was announced half way through the news conference.

There is as of yet no reliable information as to what the state of Spirit is.

Well, of course! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057425)

You didn't think the Martian Army was going to let the Martian Air Defense Force get ALL the kills, did you?

No offence to the original submitter (4, Funny)

ghettoboy22 (723339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057432)

But I like my writeup better :P

"ghettoboy22 writes "Multiple news [msn.com] services are reporting [bbc.co.uk] the Martian Interplanetary Defence Force (MIDF) has successfully captured an extraterrestial craft codenamed "Spirit" [space.com] on the outskirts of a small village in Lower Gusev province two days ago, coming on the heals of the successful downing of another [beagle2.com] invasion craft last month. Speculation has insued from Spirit's handlers on Earth who are suggesting the craft was hit with the much feared Martian "Cosmic Ray" computer viri, causing it to speak nothing but jibberish. No worries though - our buddies will have their work cut out for them when Spirit's sister-ship "Opportunity" [nasa.gov] makes it's decent from Martian orbit in T minus 58 hours!""

What to do now? (1)

r00zky (622648) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057442)

Well... that thing is controlled by a computer, right?

Send the reset sequence and all will work properly.

Unless it has been infected with the beagle2 virus...

So just what IS the composition of Mars? (1)

zippity8 (446412) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057451)

I mean, our own periodic table lists all **KNOWN** elements, but what if there's an equivalent to a huge iron ore plate where these things are landing?

That would explain why they're relatively flat, and also why radio communication is shoddy (at best). Just because we can't detect it doesnt' mean that something isn't there.

what are the possibilities of a scenario like this happening?

Secret CIA base (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057454)

Maybe they finally found that secret CIA base that everyone has been talking about.

the Gods punish hubris (1)

spikeham (324079) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057458)

NASA's administrator Sean O'Keefe guaranteed that there would be problems when he triumphantly announced that "we're back."

Mars had to teach puny proud humans their lesson.

Has there ever been a lander which had a serious communications problem but then recovered? I think not.

Lander Camera (2, Interesting)

FussionMan (65370) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057463)

Too bad NASA couldn't put a small camera and transmitter on the lander. If they had perhaps it would have been possible to see what attacked poor Spirit.

Bush knew about this in advance! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057465)

Now he can justify that manned mission to Mars: Someone has to go press Ctrl-Alt-Delete on Spirit to reboot it!

SCO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057474)

Somehow, there must be a way to blame SCO for this...

Reboot? (2, Interesting)

danwiz (538108) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057477)

Will the rover reboot under current conditions? How common is it to need to reboot a remote spacecraft?

I guess it was fun while it lasted ...

Rover eating beast... (2, Funny)

pastpolls (585509) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057488)

Isn't it obvoius that it takes time for the martian rover eater to get from the beagle landing to the spirit landing. I am sure it is pissed off the darn rover got some pictures off before getting eaten.

its a response (1)

fikx (704101) | more than 10 years ago | (#8057496)

Didn't they just start picking at a rock? It got ticked off and bit the rover!! Life has been found!!

Spirit Rover is dying (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8057509)

It is now official - JPL has confirmed: Spirit Rover is dying

Yet another crippling bombshell hit the beleaguered NASA community when recently JPL confirmed that Spirit Rover accounts for less than a fraction of 1 percent of all spacecraft. Coming on the heels of the latest NASA survey which plainly states that Spirit Rover has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Spirit Rover is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent Space.com comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict Spirit Rover's future. The handwriting is on the wall: Spirit Rover faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Spirit Rover because Spirit Rover is dying. Things are looking very bad for Spirit Rover. As many of us are already aware, Spirit Rover continues to lose market share. The red planet flows like a river of blood. Spirit is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core software.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

Opportunity leader Sean O'Keefe states that there are 7000 users of Opportunity. How many users of Spirit are there? Let's see. The number of Opportunity versus Spirit posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 Spirit users. Hubble Space Telescope posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of Spirit posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of Hubble Space Telescope. A recent article put Spirit at about 80 percent of the Mars Rover market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 Spirit users. This is consistent with the number of Spirit Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of JPL, abysmal sales and so on, JPL went out of business and was taken over by NASA. Now NASA is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that Spirit Rover has steadily declined in market share. Spirit Rover is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Spirit Rover is to survive at all it will be among space hobbyist dabblers. Spirit Rover continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Spirit Rover is dead.

Fact: Spirit Rover is dead

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