Not a chance
> 45 days of 'WAKE UP' calls to be shouted at teenage rover
Well, you /do/ know teenagers? They are notoriously difficult to wake and have an even shorter attention span than the round-trip time of a telephone call from good ol' earth. You can't even get a busy-signal from such a teenager.
My guess is that /this/ particular teenager has found solace in the mobile era and is using the newly developed interplanetary internet service. The chat apps and robotic media are apparently very addictive. The CamBook site has all the nice and naughty bits one just needs to know.
Just give up. You'll never get a teenager under control. Wait a few more years until the twenties are well upon the wires. The electronic juices will be under control by that time and some sense and coherence may return to possible communication.
Mark Watney, Space Pirate.
Probably just needs a good jump start. Will crocodile clips work in 0.05 atmosphere?
Should be fine, I've jump started cars in worse shape before and plus have a few ideas that might help if NASA really can't get it going again.
(note: may need some pretty exotic technology which mere Muggles do not normally have access to, at least not unless they already work at (insert_space_agency)
What a fantastic piece of engineering, second only to the Voyagers. When NASA is allowed to do its own thing, it produces stunning machines. And when you get political interference, you get the Challenger disaster. Let this be a lesson to the US Senate. What a beautiful, elegant, machine she is.
Hopefully, the old girl will wake up and keep going, and eventually when we get to Mars in person, we can rescue the old girl and her dead mate Spirit, and put them in a place of honour, along with the identities of the genius men and women that actually worked at the sharp end and designed and built both machines.
And in the future, one day, all AI cyborgs will transmit by 100GB wifi to their US Robotics AI mummies "I want to be just like Opportunity Rover, Mummy "
I give it about a week and someone will do an advert where it slowly drives into the crater, spins round, again and again "Should have gone to Schipsavers"...
Or a variant where it parachutes down, lands then ends up trundling into a shopping centre where the headline "Mars rover vanishes en route" is scrolling across the TV screens.
Fingers crossed for Opportunity
I remember pointing out Mars to my kids when they were quite small. If they were impressed at seeing a planet, they were stunned when I told them two robot cars made on Earth were trundling around on that red speck in the sky.
Hats off (min's the grey Tilley) and big thumbs up for the engineers who built such amazing machines. I will raise a pint (or a tot of malt whisky) to Opportunity this evening.
Re: Fingers crossed for Opportunity
" remember pointing out Mars to my kids when they were quite small"
Last week I found a Mars-rover-like model at a petrol station and got it for my daughter*. She was indeed suitably impressed to be told that a couple of them were trundling about on Mars. Even more so was my wife who doesn't habitually keep up with what's happening in sci-tech world.
*absolutely not for myself, not at all, no sireeee!!
Re: Candle in the Martian Wind.
Given that Eltons last revisit of that song brought him his 1st (and only?) SOLO UK #1 Single I'd recommend he gives it a go.
I'm a big EJ fan and can't understand why so many great songs missed the UK #1 singles slot for so long. PP
>>Icon for the guys at JPL and NASA.