0695: "Spirit"

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby project2051 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:21 pm UTC

jacog wrote:I'm still thinking V'ger though.

Spirit gets picked up by a sentient mechanical race (later presumed ((or retconned)) to be The Borg) and given extraordinary power. Then returns to earth to find out if we're worth keeping around in the universe. If the decision is no, then we get squished like a bug.

And judging by the original comic, Spirit returns to earth somewhat embittered.



Iiiieeeee! Look out it's got a RAT! No No NOOOOOO.

What a horrible way to go.


Of course with a top speed of 50 mm/s, and then only in the daylight, you might be able to outrun it, unless you are in a cheap horror movie.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Leanan » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:15 pm UTC

I named an imaginary wolf 'Spirit' once. Does that count as a sympathy vote?
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Caligari_87 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:37 pm UTC

Registered just to post that this comic would have been soooooooooooo much better like this.




Image



Love it.

8-)

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby AreThree » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:03 pm UTC

I don't know if any of you have been following the blog of Maksim Suraev aboard the International Space Station, but he stole your Spirit comic!!

http://rt.com/About_Us/Blogs/orbital-log/

I posted a comment telling him that he should give credit where it is due and where to find the original artwork, here on xkcd.com

Maybe the author should give him a shout out? Not every day you get a fan of your comic in space (even though he just pasted your work into his blog)...

Cheers!!

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby tastelikecoke » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:16 am UTC

Maybe he will find Doctor Manhattan, and he'll no longer be lonely.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby jacog » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:44 am UTC

A guy in space station infringing on copyright?

AMAGAD!!!! IT's A SPACE PIRATE !1!!

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby tastelikecoke » Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:02 am UTC

^ soon there will be space suing and space police (o wait, that already exists).

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby kv_pradeep » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:31 am UTC

I AM CRYING!!!!! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Technical Ben » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:49 pm UTC

For all of you in the uk* the BBC has just show an interview with head investigator Steve Squyres working on both Spirit and Endeavour. Great interview, and he was nearly crying when asked what will happen to spirit! :cry:
You can watch it here. Interview starts at around 8 minuets in.



*Or those of you who appear to be in the uk when viewed from the correct angle. ;)
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby LeonardHatred » Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:24 pm UTC

If you listen to this it makes this so much sadder.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Neal J. King » Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:26 pm UTC

Technical Ben:

Any clue as to how to view that BBC interview if you're NOT in the UK?

I'm in California, will be in Germany.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Jengajam2 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:15 am UTC

Caligari_87 wrote:Registered just to post that this comic would have been soooooooooooo much better like this.
Spoiler:
url=http://img32.imageshack.us/i/spiritisnothing.png/]Image[/url]

Love it.
8-)

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Technical Ben » Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:58 pm UTC

Neal J. King wrote:Technical Ben:

Any clue as to how to view that BBC interview if you're NOT in the UK?

I'm in California, will be in Germany.


Certain sites use proxies. The old Sky at night is shown on Youtube. But since the BBC went to in house servers, I don't think they are continuing to upload. I will scout out for any Sky at knight fan youtube users.
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby tagno25 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:30 pm UTC

Think Geek now has a spirit T-Shirt influenced by this comic
http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-appare ... math/d4b5/

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Shinin » Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:13 am UTC

It made me so sad, I had to change it:

spirit.png

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby McDoom » Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:40 am UTC

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. "
-Carl Sagan

"Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise. "
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby 10nitro » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:31 pm UTC

Although, Spirit is running VxWorks, so it's a soulless bastard anyway.
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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby acd » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:46 pm UTC

LeonardHatred wrote:If you listen to this it makes this so much sadder.


if you really seek depression, read this xkcd episode while listening to Radiohead's "Paranoid Android".

Or even better - Radiohead covering Pink Floyds "Wish You Were Here"

:wink:

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby tastelikecoke » Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:41 am UTC

the DAY 88 of 90 reminds of the movie Moon,
Spoiler:
it's 2 days before he returns to earth, then he died.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Nixy » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:00 am UTC

So well done, I can't even look at it now without feeling awful...

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Maximus_Light » Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:19 pm UTC

Poor little hover, the humans just don't treat you right.

ethereal_fire wrote:
pyrephoenix wrote:D'awww...

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



I didn't think of that until you said it but awwwwww, yaaaaaa, awwwww. My first thought when reading the comic was of WallE, but ya that robot too...

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Astro-rock?

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Neal J. King » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:42 am UTC

We can always hope for Martian spring. On the other hand:

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Istaro » Wed May 05, 2010 3:38 am UTC

'Grats on getting this one in The Mars Quarterly, Randall!

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby HonestConman » Wed May 05, 2010 1:54 pm UTC

Now I'm upset. I just the depressing submarine flooding episode of lost and now this.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Alvin6226 » Fri May 07, 2010 3:58 am UTC

Thanks Randall, I referenced this comic in a synthesis essay in preparation for the AP Language test.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby doverbeach » Tue May 11, 2010 3:56 pm UTC

I have been hoping to buy a poster of Spirit. But the guy at the store says that is unlikely unless a lot of people ask for it.

So if you would like one, mention it here and email the Store!

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Vnend » Thu May 20, 2010 2:50 pm UTC

Mars rover surpasses Viking 1's longevity record
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/20/AR2010052000847.html

This is about Opportunity, but it notes that if Spirit wakes up after the winter it will take over the record from Opportunity.

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:43 pm UTC

frezik wrote:Anti-photons move at the speed of dark

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Re: "Spirit" Discussion

Postby Ocker3 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:49 am UTC

On my personal list of things to do when i get to Mars, is lead an expedition to awaken these explorers, or at the very least build a fitting memorial
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Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Postby Neal J. King » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:49 am UTC

The BBC film on the Martian rovers can now be found openly on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KldxrJR4u5w&NR=1

(I didn't use to be able to get it in Germany.)

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Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Postby cazaron » Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:19 pm UTC

We need to bring the rover back. He's far too cute.

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Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Postby AncientMariner » Thu May 05, 2011 8:28 pm UTC

I had to write this. I was nearly crying when I finished.

Yeah, I think these little guys just get under your skin.



July 22nd, 2048

The red surface went in all directions, horizon to horizon there was nothing but dunes covered with rocky soil, the mountains in the distance looking like two-dimensional backdrops in the thin dusty atmosphere. It has been quiet and still here since the seasonal sandstorms had died down, but in the distance a lone speck was moving fast, coming closer and quickly covering the distance along the rust orange soil. The closer it came the more detail was visible and the brighter it seemed. Two figures clad in white helmets and pressure suits came into relief, sitting inside of a flat white platform that rode along a black cushion underneath it, throwing out dust in all directions. Two flat fans mounted on the back completed the profile of the hovercraft moving along the Martian landscape.
One of the figures holding a thick flat screen slaved to a camera in the nose of their vehicle, touching the screen with the fingers of his bulky gloves as he zoomed and navigated the distant images it showed.
“There it is.” He said over the radio, mild excitement in his voice. The two of them were part of the first manned mission to mars, and even though the occasion had been momentous, the “gee whiz” vibe had started to ebb. Now they were dedicated to getting the long list of tasks they were assigned done as quickly as possible before they needed to return home.
On the screen was the only white object for a hundred miles, in the distance it looked like a single white pipe streaked with red, sticking out of the ground. The astronauts teammate who was piloting the craft turned slightly to close on the object.
A few minutes later they were there. The pilot stepped out of the vehicle and looked down at what had brought them all the way from Holden Crater: what looked like a white piece of flagpole with a pair truncated opera glasses on top. His navigator walked up next to him and had to hold on tight to his tablet; they were both a little in awe.
The pilot opened up the roomy cargo compartment and pulled out a Pneumatic Soil Dispersal Tool, and while it was cased in white impact plastic and sported the NASA logo it was little more than an electric leafblower.
His comrade began to take high resolution pictures of the site with a bulky camera, to document the process of excavating the site. The pilot turned on the blower, specially designed to work in the thin martian atmosphere, and began the arduous process of blowing away all the dirt that had build up in the last forty years. An hour later he was done.
“Incredible” he murmured. In the small pit the Spirit rover was nearly perfectly preserved. The visual sensors at the top of the boom which had been exposed to the elements were scratched and weatherbeaten, but aside from some light scratching on the solar panels, no doubt from before it was buried, the rovers body looked like it could have rolled out of NASA’s labs yesterday.
“Yeah.” His fellow astronaut answered with not a little emotion. “Incredible.”
The pilot walked back to the hovercraft and started the engine up, very carefully maneuvering the craft’s cargo door as close to the hole as possible. They were almost finished and he didn’t want to make a mistake so close to completing their task.
The two men awkwardly climbed down into the hole up to their ankles, the navigator warning “Look out for the wheels. They’ll be sharp.”
“Right.”
When the two of them had found solid footing, they leaned around the craft and looked it over for handholds.
The two men were here to satisfy NASA’s insatiable hunger for data on how equipment survived on astral bodies, and like the Apollo astronauts before them they were here to retrieve some hardware that had been on one of those bodies and suffered in it’s environment. Before it had been Apollo 12 bringing home a part of Surveyor 3, the probe which had proven to NASA any future moon landings would be landing on solid soil rather than porous dust. This time, they were going to bring back the Spirit Rover.
With one of them at each end, they leaned down, and lifted.
What?
“What was that?” the pilot asked. He had been holding the rover near it’s “head”, and he could have sworn he felt a slight buzzing through the casing of the craft.
“What is it?” his partner replied quizzically. Even in 2/3 gravity the rover weighed over 300 pounds, so the plan was to more drag than carry it into the cargo compartment of the hovercraft.
“I could have sworn I felt something.”
The other astronaut, who had been holding the rover from the rear edge of its solar panel, put his hand against the electronics of its underside.
“Hey, I can feel it too. It’s vibrating”
The pilot stared down at it, looking at the exposed panels.
“We must have turned something on when we wiped off the panels.”
What’s going on?
The ancient servos came to life, going through the long dormant instructions that had been transmitted decades before, simple machine code that told it to try to move it’s head, see what was around it, and transmit to earth.
They came! They came to get me!
The two pilots kept dragging the rover along the soil and rock towards the cargo compartment, the head of the rover looking all around, the two front wheels whirring away, still trying to work themselves free from it’s dusty trap. They couldn’t help but grin, as for all the world it seemed like it was excited and couldn’t contain its energy. It was as if the rover was happy that someone had come to set it free.
I knew it! I knew I was a good rover. I’m so glad I did a good job!

Now I get to come home.
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Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Postby Vnend » Wed May 25, 2011 2:33 am UTC

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/05 ... &seid=auto

Tomorrow (Wednesday, 25 May, 2011), JPL will send the last set of commands to Spirit, which has not responded in over a year. Equipment will continue to monitor for a response until the end of May, but they say it feels more like an Irish Wake for Spirit at mission control than a funeral.

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Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Postby Vnend » Wed May 25, 2011 2:38 am UTC

AncientMariner wrote:I had to write this. I was nearly crying when I finished.


That's fair, my eyes were getting a little watery when I finished it.

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Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Postby cjmcjmcjmcjm » Wed May 25, 2011 3:46 am UTC

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-156
Here's the link from NASA.

I can't help but think of WALL-E when I read about this
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Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Postby scarletmanuka » Wed May 25, 2011 9:02 am UTC

Farewell, Spirit.

You were a Really Useful Engine good rover.

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Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Postby Dhes » Wed May 25, 2011 6:23 pm UTC

I hope someday we will take him back home.. :(
RIP little rover
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Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Postby MichaelKarnerfors » Thu May 26, 2011 1:07 pm UTC

Dhes wrote:I hope someday we will take him back home.. :(
RIP little rover


Well at least he/she/it can do into stasis and wake up later. I have no doubt that will happen. Heck, one of the first things humans did when they got to the moon was to walk up to some old friends ans say hello. :)

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