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Miscellaneous News   Miscellaneous News : Mars Rover Bushwacked ??
   posted by The_Editor on 22-Jan-2004 23:18:11 (4015 reads)
NASA technicians report that the Mars Rover has suffered a "Breakdown of communications".

Have those nasty martians ambushed another probe ?

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Re: Mars Rover Bushwacked ??
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Spirit last week began its first tentative journeys sampling the surface soil of the Gusev Crater -- a barren, wind-swept basin


You think it might have gotten ?beaned? (a baseball term for a pitcher hitting a batter in the head with a pitch)?


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It saw too much and the little green men swatted it!



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Mars aliens don't seem to like it that earth people try to spy them :) Maybe both ESA and NASA knows that their equipment was destroyed by little green men :)

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I think "Beagle 2" was in the way and "Spirit" felt over it.
Now both robots are stuck with there heads down in the Mars desert.

Hhmm .. and Bush wants to have US astronauts on Mars? Better not. If we can't have robots surviving there...


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Well, if there would be astronauts on Mars right now, they could fix those robots :) Humans can do alot which robots can't do :)

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I was watching a program about the development of the rovers, and iirc the software for the driving about bit wasn't ready when they launched them. So they decided to "upload" the new software while the probes where on route to Mars.

A service pack gone wrong me thinks!


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@miksuh

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if there would be astronauts on Mars right now, they could fix those robots


Perhaps. But the technology and effort to get astronaust alive to mars if several magnitudes highes and much more difficult than a satellite or robot.

Now if ESA or NASA can't even get robots to work correctly on Mars how do they want to get astronauts there?


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they just say "anything" to get more people interested in this mars expedition...

thats my teory ;( , just look at everything...its an election year :)


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Here is what happened. Some joystick jockey ran the Mars Rover into a crater.

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Maybe that'll teach the boys over at NASA not to snigger at Beagle2's misfortunes.


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Thew Editor Emailed me this piccy.

<OutCast> The batteries went flat trying to get to McDonalds that was the last image tramnsmitted


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Hehe


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There are a couple of possibilities:

1. Minor damage due to landing (even with those balloons).

2. Martian weather, those dust storms can be unhealthy to sophisticated robots and with those rocks about, it can be a little dangerous.

3. Meteors,

4. Martians (unlikely, but anything is possible).


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Oh, I dunno ..


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The_Editor has 'hit it'!
Quote:

Still Flirting With 'Death'
Mars missions' tough luck
By Earl Lane
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January 2, 2004

Washington - Some scientists joke about a "Great Galactic Ghoul" that guards Mars from too many prying spacecraft.


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Well, if anyone wants to know the real reason (& doesn't know, since I'm not clear if everyone's just being funny or what), the problem appears to be hardware-related: flash RAM is acting screwy. NASA has gotten the Spirit rover to behave just fine by switching to different RAM.

From CNN:
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Spirit uses Flash memory to communicate with the flight software to establish a file structure and will shut itself down if the process is interrupted, Theisinger said.

Engineers guessed that Spirit's troubles were in its Flash memory and set about sending the rover a complex series of instructions to see if they could get it to bypass the corrupted memory.

Theisinger said engineers sent Spirit a command just before its daily "waking up," telling it to shut down and restart in what is known as "cripple mode," using RAM instead of Flash for its start-up instructions.

"That is precisely what happened," Theisinger said, and Spirit then sent an hour of data back to Earth.

"Something in the flight software talking to the Flash memory is causing us difficulty," Theisinger said.

He said engineers do not know what caused the problem, but if it is purely a software problem, it is likely repairable. If, however, a problem in the hardware is affecting the software, repair may not be possible.

"We have a vehicle that is stable now," Theisinger said.


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when will they get it into their thick heads WINDOWS SUCKS


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HopperJF hedged:Quote:
when will they get it into their thick heads WINDOWS SUCKS

You don't seriously believe that NASA would run Windows on a spacecraft?


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