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Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

I heard on the radio this morning that NASA was going to put the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, to sleep as a result of budget cutting. Is this true? Is there any other recourse?
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

*points to dave...* ask him.
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

Just saw this on Engadget... Maybe they will keep going after all!
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

I think that they should work the rovers until they don't work anymore. The fact that they've lasted this long is amazing so why not work them until they "die"?
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

Ok I'm going to post the link once I find it again, but Spirit is going into Hibernation while Opportunity will cut its activity in half. There are a lot of mixed feelings about this.

EDIT: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080324/...kyVt51AUGs0NUE
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

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Ok I'm going to post the link once I find it again, but Spirit is going into Hibernation while Opportunity will cut its activity in half.
It is??? Wow. I wish someone had let me know.

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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

I suppose the only question now is, do we believe the news, and assume dave is messing with us, or believe dave, and assume the news is lying.
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

We believe both (by which I mean the news has caught up and now matches what Dave (the more reliable source) is telling us). Updated news story: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science...ers-live_N.htm
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

Believe that Dave knows what he is talking about.
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

Dave has alot of fun, but Dave also loves talking about his 3 Month, 4 year 3 month and 21 day mission (I am sure i am off on the date and he will correct me ) so if there were news about it and people were interested to know it, he would love to talk about it.. so just wait patiently kids, when the man in the goofy shirt can talk about it he will
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Believe that Dave knows what he is talking about.
Dave always knows what he is talking about. However, his ways are sometimes mysterious.

Dave often delights in the confusion we inflict on ourselves by fuzzy thinking or baseless assumptions.
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Dave often delights in the confusion we inflict on ourselves by fuzzy thinking or baseless assumptions.
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

Whew! I'm glad that the current report is that Spirit and Opportunity will continue their adventures!

The reporter this morning likened the news to astronaut Dave Bowman trying to disconnect HAL in 2001 Space Odyssey.
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

And on CNN also. I was about to have a cow! GO SPIRIT! GO OPPORTUNITY! LIVE STRONG!
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Re: Putting Spirit and Opportunity to sleep?!?

Thank the Lord- my heart sank when I read that on the AP yesterday.
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