back to article It's been two decades since Spirit landed on the red sands of Mars

It is 20 years this week since NASA's Spirit rover landed on Mars, kicking off years of exploration before ending its mission stuck in the sand. Spirit was the first of NASA's two solar-powered Mars Exploration rovers to land on Mars in 2004. Unlike successive, heftier rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which touched down a few …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    One of the saddest xkcd cartoons ever...

    (Won't claim it's *the* saddest given the cancer related comics over the years).

  2. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    Did I do a good job?


    1. Philo T Farnsworth

      Re: Did I do a good job?

      You did a great job, little fellow.

      I think I'm going to cry.

  3. dlc.usa

    Proof Reading?

    Second paragraph: change "Spirit and Opportunity" to "Curiosity and Opportunity", I think.

    1. HuBo

      Re: Proof Reading?

      Here on Mars, we loved those two solar-powered E.T.-look-alike little cuties that were Spirit and Opportunity! The Curiosity and Perseverance nuclear-powered tanks are also very nice, especially for joyrides on the weekend. Send more, and also some Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce for the bloody marys (thanks in advance)!

  4. Eclectic Man Silver badge


    Brilliant name for a command. Who says IT people are humourless nerds?

    Wonderful that it lasted so long and provided so much valuable data. The engineers and scientists who design and build these things really are superb.

    Now, if you just have a look at my car ...

    1. ldo


      Part of a long tradition, dating back to “Halt and Catch Fire”.

  5. cookieMonster Silver badge
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    Highly recommend

    The book referenced (Roving Mars written by Steve Squyres)

    Absolutely excellent reading.

    Fun fact: I got this book last year based on a recommendation here in these forums. Can’t remember who or when, but thank you.

  6. Rik Myslewski

    “I don't know how much more of this she can take," said Squyres at the time.

    Was it Squyers or was it Montgomery Scott?

    Seriously, though, great writing. Thanks.

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