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NASA is trying to reactivate its Martian rover Opportunity after it switched itself into standby mode during a communications quiet period, but engineers have had no luck as yet at restoring control. The space agency hasn't been communicating with its Martian rovers for the last few weeks as there has been a solar conjunction, …

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Trollface

And the pertinent question is,....

does it contains a US Robotics modem that Val Kilmer can use in the future to cobble together a radio to call Earth?

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Re: And the pertinent question is,....

I was much more annoyed by the animated bear on the Russian probe that handily gave instructions to non Russian speakers.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: And the pertinent question is,....

Who loaded it with an Android App?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: And the pertinent question is,....

Should have gone with iOS ;)

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"...engineers have had no luck as yet at restoring control."

Tap it on it's side a couple of times.

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Re: "...engineers have had no luck as yet at restoring control."

LOL

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Re: "...engineers have had no luck as yet at restoring control."

Tap it on it's side a couple of times

Better not, God knows what its NFC chip will then buy over there :)

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Turn it off and on again

Oh, they've tried that already...

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Best xkcd ever

Thank you for reminding me of one of my favorite xkcd's ever.

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Re: Best xkcd ever

I cried. I am too emotional.

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Re: Best xkcd ever

So sad!!!

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Re: Best xkcd ever

OK. you realise that "Short Circuit" was not a documentary, nor "based on a true story"?

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This is what you get for upgrading Opportunity to Windows 8!!

There's probably a minimized "Please insert CD #3" dialogue box open on one of the terminals in mission control......

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"Keyboard Error. Press any key to continue..."

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Where's the 'Any' key?

Ah the old ones are the best..

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Always making it more difficult than it is.

If it's stuck in standby and your remote won't switch it on, then it's obvious:

Just needs a fresh set of AA batteries in the remote and we're good to go.

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Alien

Can't they send 'Curiosity' to give it a jump start.

On the other hand, I can never seem to find the jump leads when I need them. People doing black hole research could start by looking into the boot of my car.

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" We crafted our solar conjunction plan to be resilient to this kind of rover reset, if it were to occur."

You didn't. It has. Its in trouble.

Bet there are a few tight buttocks @ mission control...

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Bet there are a few tight buttocks @ mission control...

For a machine that has somewhat outlasted its design specs (my first extraterrestrial understatement)?

I don't think so. It will offer someone a challenge to make it start again regardless, but the machine was officially written off ages ago. Having said that, making it work AGAIN regardless would be a *seriously* cool hack.

If those devices were any closer together they could get one to trundle over, swat any residual Martians off the reset button, clean its windows and solar shields and get it on its way again. IMHO, that would be so übercool it would provoke a Martian winter all on its own..

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WTF?

"You didn't. It has. Its in trouble."

IT'S in trouble. Sigh.

In any case, it was designed to last for three months. It's still running nine years later. So, yes they did, and it was. If it's now in trouble, it's probably because it's physically worn out.

When did you last design and build ANYTHING that lasted thirty six times longer than it was intended to?

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RFC 1812

So that's where the martian packets are coming from.

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In future they should send them in pairs

so they can look after each other. If one runs into trouble, the other could turn if off and on again.

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Boffin

"Our current suspicion is that Opportunity rebooted its flight software, possibly while the cameras on the mast were imaging the sun,"

Staring at the sun - not a good idea, even at ~1.5AU.

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Staring at the sun - not a good idea, even at ~1.5AU.

Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun

But mama, that's where the fun is.

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They're handling it incorrectly

Need to shout a bit louder chaps old age may have affected its hearing

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Alien

Mr Garibaldi dunnit.

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