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    Does anyone know how many mileage has Curiosity traveled by now. I always search for that data, but coudn't find it. It would be great if it would be posted somewhere , so i could always chek it. There is simply nowhere to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Bilic View Post
    Does anyone know how many mileage has Curiosity traveled by now. I always search for that data, but coudn't find it. It would be great if it would be posted somewhere , so i could always chek it. There is simply nowhere to find.
    It has gone somewhere between 6 and 7 kilometers. Here's a map from several weeks ago when it had gone passed the 6 km mark.
    http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/i...=post&id=32533

    Thanks to the folks at unmannedspaceflight.com for tracking this stuff, and Phil Stooke in particular for the MSL maps.
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    A little over three miles...not bad...

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    BTW, Phil Stooke has recently posted an update to the Opportunity Map, showing that it has been doing a lot of driving over the last five weeks.
    http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/i...=post&id=32982
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    This may be the swan song, but even if it is, this has been an amazing mission. Hats off to NASA.

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    NASA will discuss the status of its Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity in a media briefing at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) Wednesday, Feb. 13, from the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The briefing will air live on NASA Television, the agency's website and YouTube.

    The briefing will follow NASA’s last planned attempts to communicate with Opportunity late Tuesday evening. The solar-powered rover last communicated with Earth June 10, 2018, as a planet-wide dust storm was blanketing the Red Planet.
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    Sad, but I suppose inevitable. Oppy and Spirit had very good runs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Sad, but I suppose inevitable. Oppy and Spirit had very good runs.
    Especially Opportunity.

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    RIP Oppie

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    One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, our @MarsRovers Opportunity is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars. Designed to last just 90 Martian days, here's a look at this record-setting mission: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/n...-comes-to-end/
    2:19 PM - Feb 13, 2019

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    RIP Oppie

    NASA ✔ @NASA
    One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, our @MarsRovers Opportunity is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars. Designed to last just 90 Martian days, here's a look at this record-setting mission: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/n...-comes-to-end/
    2:19 PM - Feb 13, 2019
    I don't think they can repeated too much. The rovers were designed to last 90 sols; Opportunity lasted 5351 sols. Freaking amazing.

    Oppy and Spirit, we salute you.

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    https://xkcd.com/1504/

    Opportunity, R.I.P.
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    And again today. What a magnificent run!

    https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/opportunity_rover.png

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    Special report on Opportunity by Planetary Society.

    http://www.planetary.org/explore/spa...-complete.html

    WE LET YOU GO
    So unjust, so unfair that in the end it was the dust that killed you,
    Not the natural wear and tear or honourable rust of old age.
    Everyone who loved you knew the Sol would come
    When Mars finally murdered you; we expected
    Howls of rage as an axle broke
    Or your computer had a stroke,
    But not… this.

    Around the world, laboratories and living rooms alike
    Were filled with helpless sighs as that dust storm
    Covered Endeavour’s Big Country sky, swirling ochre clouds
    Of fines blotting out your Sun and settling on your back,
    Blinding you, smothering you, choking you…

    Today, as they declare your mission has ended
    And the Deep Space Network’s great concave ears
    Turn away from you with a grinding and groaning of gears
    I can’t help wondering if you’re still alive.
    Does your electronic pilot light still flicker inside you?
    Does your brave digital heart still beat in your deep, deep sleep?
    Have we abandoned you too soon?
    Are Barsoom’s twin moons shining down on you
    As you cling stubbornly to life, needing just one more
    Whisper of code to prise open your dust-caked eyes?

    We’ll never know.
    There’ll be no more calling out your name from Earth’s front porch;
    We’ve gone inside and closed the door behind us
    Because there’s nothing left to try.
    Every die has been thrown a dozen times;
    Every desperate plea shouted at the sky has gone unanswered.
    No-one can do any more,
    So it’s time to say goodbye.

    Perhaps, on one far future day, a weary Martian,
    Standing on Cape Tribulation’s sunlit peak
    Will sweep their gaze up and down the meandering
    Curves of Perseverance Valley and see you standing there -
    A statue, thick with dust, your shadow stretching down to
    And out across Endeavour’s floor – and bound down to you,
    Sweeping your back clean with their gloved hands
    And understand the treasure they’ve found…

    But our time with you is over.
    And so, Opportunity, our brave, bold girl,
    We let you go.
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    So much for at least a weekly look for fifteen years.
    I guess I'll have to get attached to some other mission.

    Whens the Ultima Thule lander being launched?
    That's a very interesting object.

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    Curiosity is still roving along after ~20km and 6.5 years.

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    I've never been able to establish the emotional connection with Curiosity that I did with Spirit and Oppy. Maybe because it's nuclear and the size of a car....
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    It's because you're a rovist. All rovers are beautiful! #nuclearroversmatter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    It's because you're a rovist. All rovers are beautiful! #nuclearroversmatter
    Just a reminder not to make this personal

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    I still wish there was a very long duration rover on the Moon, something like the early Prospector vehicles planned by the U.S., because the Moon is going to be more valuable to us in the near future than Mars. I want something that can circumnavigator the whole Moon, peer into caves, test ice fields, climb mountains, and see what is going on at Aristarchus. I want it to be the size of a VW beetle and I want it now.

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    I think that if we'd have a rover with those capabilities, there wouldn't be a lot of reason left to go to the moon with humans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I think that if we'd have a rover with those capabilities, there wouldn't be a lot of reason left to go to the moon with humans.
    That was in large part the reason they canned Prospector the first time. But humans aren't going to go everywhere on the Moon, and a dead robot will affect the budget a lot less than dead astronauts or cosmonauts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I've never been able to establish the emotional connection with Curiosity that I did with Spirit and Oppy. Maybe because it's nuclear and the size of a car....
    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    It's because you're a rovist. All rovers are beautiful! #nuclearroversmatter
    Ha! I habitually open five or six tabs at once then the next comes up when I close one and I've usually forgotten what the thread was. I had to scroll up to get!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    Just a reminder not to make this personal
    Moderation color? That was a joke, and quite a funny one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    It's because you're a rovist. All rovers are beautiful! #nuclearroversmatter
    Wouldn’t that be more like “type-ist” or “power-source-ist”?
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    Oh my KaiYeves, you cannot just reduce a rover to its power source! This is not what we've been fighting for! #RoverJusticeWarrior

    Seriously though, NASA is stringing together an impressive continuous period of active rovers and landers on Mars. No time to be sad for Opportunity, as Curiosity and Insight are doing their job and after that there will be something new and exciting. Like, I don't know, an upcoming 100 people capacity Mars spaceship.

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    That last won't be from NASA but I sure hope Elon can pull it off!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    . I want something that can circumnavigate the whole Moon, peer into caves, test ice fields, climb mountains, and see what is going on at Aristarchus. I want it to be the size of a VW beetle and I want it now.
    That demands HLLVs:
    https://www.wired.com/2014/02/mars-r...re-phase-1988/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I think that if we'd have a rover with those capabilities, there wouldn't be a lot of reason left to go to the moon with humans.
    No--a rover with those capabilities **hooked to an ansible** would nix human spaceflight. Realtime joystick control...Moon or Mars.

    I don't see that happening. Some talk about X-ray comms, but still lightspeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    I still wish there was a very long duration rover on the Moon, something like the early Prospector vehicles planned by the U.S., because the Moon is going to be more valuable to us in the near future than Mars. I want something that can circumnavigator the whole Moon, peer into caves, test ice fields, climb mountains, and see what is going on at Aristarchus. I want it to be the size of a VW beetle and I want it now.
    “Well, you can take a look around the lot and see if we have anything in your price range.”
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    This Scott Manley video about the last days of Opportunity shows a guy who got a tattoo with the words "My battery is low, and it's getting dark" and an image of...Curiousity. Oops!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    This Scott Manley video about the last days of Opportunity shows a guy who got a tattoo with the words "My battery is low, and it's getting dark" and an image of...Curiousity. Oops!
    It’s a shame they made that mistake, especially because he clearly is someone passionate about the rovers if he was willing to get a tatttoo.
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