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The never-say-die little rover that could, Opportunity, has set a new distance record for extraterrestrial NASA vehicles. Distance records for lunar and Martian rovers Opportunity has bested larger and faster rovers (click to enlarge) On Thursday, Opportunity's handlers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, …

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Plan for 90 days, run for 9 years? Here's to you!

Would that all of our kit last over 36 times our warranty!

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Re: Plan for 90 days, run for 9 years? Here's to you!

I think we're paying 21% annual maintenance though....

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it's a GM warranty...

... and the 100,000mile limit includes the flight from earth, unfortunately.

This little rover is seriously impressive though, no doubt.

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Now for Opportunity to...

...outlast Pioneer I and II, both of which are still active after over 35 years ... hey, one may always hope!

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Re: Now for Opportunity to...

You're thinking of Voyager 1 and 2! Pioneers 1 and 2 were built to study cislunar space but in both cases the third stage of the rocket failed only allowing a ballistic flight. Both probes lasted less than a day before re-entering Earth's atmosphere!

This was all in the days before the USA had really started to use their Germans to build rockets so they had a tendency to fail often!

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Re: Now for Opportunity to...

"Both probes lasted less than a day before re-entering Earth's atmosphere!"

Yes but one of them now works at a bar in Bristol and the other one teaches dance at the royal academy in London, so technically speaking they have both been active for 35 years, even through the recession.

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Re: Now for Opportunity to...

I have read and re-read your comment, then I read it again. I still have not the faintest idea what you're talking about.

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@The lone lurker

You are, of course, correct!

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Obligatory xkcd(ish)

I know it references Spirit rather than Opportunity, but the same principles apply; http://xkcd.com/695/

Also, I'm surprised how little we've actually covered the Moon or Mars, if I'd thought about it before I'd would have probably guessed at hundreds of miles, not twenties.

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Re: Obligatory xkcd(ish)

Almost brought a tear to my eye!

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Re: Obligatory xkcd(ish)

That cartoon made me sad, in terms of sad yet funny animation its up there with the first 10 minutes fo the film Up and this moment from Futurama www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5peiLlHdvo

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Re: Obligatory xkcd(ish)

Arghh don't mention Up you'll get me blubbing like a girl again

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Now if you combined both

Opportunity + Spirit combined !!

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Planned for 90 days, still going after 9 years...

Sounds like some projects I have seen in the commercial world... Ateast this one has delivered!

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Re: Planned for 90 days, still going after 9 years...

Sounds like most "temporary solutions"...

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So...

The Apollo boys still hold the Extraterrestrial Land Speed Record (R) ? Niiiiiiiiice !

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Re: So...

Put like that, maybe NASA could get sponsoring from Ferrari to up the ante on that front

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Engineering commentary: Bloody good show, chaps! Seriously well built bit of kit.

Management commentary: Clearly over-engineered. For the next one cut the budget.

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Over-engineered...

Especially when weight is a serious design factor. I recall the doyen of motor racing theory, Laurence Pomeroy, saying that the "perfect racing car should disintegrate one yard over the finish line." Any farther, it was obviously over-engineered. ;-P

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Another reason its lasting so long

not enough bandwidth to cripple the OS with service packs

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Lunokhod

I've always loved the design of the Lunokhod rovers, classic soviet era stuff, solid and functional. "So comrade, we found this old tin bath : what if we put a lid and wheels on it, an sit it on a Proton rocket...."

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Re: Lunokhod

Give Lord British (Richard Garriot) a ring he might sell you his one. Delivery will be a pain though

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They look like faithful doggies.

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"Bring that all-Earth title to the red, white, and blue. —

— Oh, wait – those are the colors of Russia's flag, as well."

One could argue that the Lunokhod 2 record flies under a Red & Gold flag, comrade!

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One difference

IIRC, the Lunokhod craft were controlled from Earth. That's not possible with a martian craft, where the time lag is about 40 minutes, not 3 seconds. Still, Lunokhod 2 was damned impressive for 70s Soviet technology.

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...the Lunokhod craft were controlled from Earth.

They were probably worried about the possibility of it defecting to the Imperialist Western Moon if they made it autonomous.

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Look out Russia, we're coming for ya!!

very slowly....

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