Sorry Spirit, you’re not returning home

astronomy, comedy

I thought this too good not to post as a comic strip…


Sorry Spirit, you’re not returning home (see the full xkcd comic strip).

You couldn’t find a better tale than that of the Mars Expedition Rover, Spirit!The rover was designed to last only three months, but it kept on going for six years. In that time it has has kept fighting the many problems it has faced; however, it is now official. It’s roving ability has come to an end. This is one challenge the could not beat.
“Spirit is still embedded in the area called ‘Troy’ on the west side of Home Plate. Energy levels for Spirit have been decreasing rapidly as winter approaches.”
See http://marsrover.nasa.gov/mission/status_spiritAll.html#sol2151 for an update from NASA JPL.

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