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What a testament... to American domination of space. Too bad it's over. 6 plus years it lasted... when only 3 months was expected.
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WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space agency said it is giving up on trying to contact its Spirit rover on Mars, saying the robot explorer likely froze to death in the Red Planet's harsh winter.

"NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010," it said in a statement.

Spirit was only supposed to endure for three months but carried on a bountiful career that lasted more than six years after it first landed on Mars in January 2004.

Last year, NASA said the tireless, 180-kilogram (400-pound), six-wheel robot had broken through a crusty surface layer and hit sand at one edge of the Troy crater, west of the Home Plate plateau, in the Martian southern hemisphere.

All attempts to extricate it failed. Spirit was unable to shake off the Martian dust that has been slowly accumulating on its solar panels, preventing its batteries from recharging.
Scientists held out some hope that after the Mars winter passed, the Spirit would get enough light from the sun to be able to recharge, but it was not to be.

"With inadequate energy to run its survival heaters, the rover likely experienced colder internal temperatures last year than in any of its prior six years on Mars," NASA said.

"Many critical components and connections would have been susceptible to damage from the cold."

The US space agency is turning its attention to the launch of its next-generation Mars rover, named Curiosity, later this year but will keep an ear out for the Spirit from time to time.

"We're now transitioning assets to support the November launch of our next generation Mars rover, Curiosity," said Dave Lavery, program executive for solar system exploration.

"However, while we no longer believe there is a realistic probability of hearing from Spirit, the Deep Space Network may occasionally listen for any faint signals when the schedule permits."
 

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What a testament... to American domination of space. Too bad it's over. 6 plus years it lasted... when only 3 months was expected.
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Still #1 baby! :thumbsup:
 

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Always have been... always will be. :thumbsup:
 

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Total, undeniable, complete waste of $billions of taxpayers money.
This money could have been used to engineer new technology here on this planet. Energy technology. Medical technology. Or used for development and construction of mass transit system.
Sending robots to planets looking for signs of extinct life is stupid. Who gives a $h!t.
Take care of this planet and it's people. Yea. I know some of the developed technology has helped this nation, especially militarily. But, you must ask if this technology would not have been discovered/developed anyway?

Re-direct NASA's mission back to this nation. Use it's expertise and resourses to fine the means for this nation to get off, and stay off, the middle-east oil tit. Develop technology that we can sell to the rest of the world for transit systems, energy systems and whatever.

Once this Republic is debt free and again a world leader, then NASA can return to taking prettyy pictures of places we will never, ever be able to visit.
 

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Brother... you should read just what the space program has given this country. I would rank the importance of the space program with that of funding our military. We as a nation and the world... owe a great gratitude to the space program. I'd rather see money wasted on it... then constituents titlements.
 

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Brother... you should read just what the space program has given this country. I would rank the importance of the space program with that of funding our military. We as a nation and the world... owe a great gratitude to the space program.
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If you don't like the space program, stop driving your car and using your cell phone. Each have technology that would never have been developed without the space program.
 

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Brother... you should read just what the space program has given this country. I would rank the importance of the space program with that of funding our military. We as a nation and the world... owe a great gratitude to the space program. I'd rather see money wasted on it... then constituents titlements.

I'm with you on all this GD entitlement crap.

But, for the past decade, the money should have been spent on other programs. That, of course, would not have been a cure-all for this nation, but, there is a lot of US dollars floating around in space that accomplished nothing more than a good PR firm could have done.
 

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If you don't like the space program, stop driving your car and using your cell phone. Each have technology that would never have been developed without the space program.

And you think that this technology would not have been developed without NASA???
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