Yesterday, NASA announced that Spirit had missed a planned transmission. To date, Spirit (and its twin, Opportunity) have lasted more than 2150 martian days longer than the expected 90. Not just lasted, but thrived – originally planned to travel a single kilometre, Spirit logged 10 before becoming stuck in soft soil. After trying and failing to escape for half a year (earth years), NASA decided to give up on mobility and allowed Spirit to perform science. That was two months ago. Today, it seems to have shut down to charge its batteries.
These two little rovers have lasted longer, seen more, done more than anybody ever expected, and have survived draining conditions. Their tenacity has earned them empathy and celebration. In tribute to Spirit, and in the hope it will revive and continue to contribute to our understanding of Mars, I wanted to offer up my best wishes to the rovers, and to all the people at NASA who keep them going. Rock on, Spirit!
We are not amused
The President, while listening to a ‘question’ from Sen. Lincoln. Were he ever to look at me like that, I’d really just stop talking.
Also true were he ever to look at me (sigh).
Just in case anyone was wondering, every time I talk about an “OHIP jacket”, this is what I’m imagining.
Note: I’m so not a fashion designer (obviously).
Hey New York, we got you cake but it'll probably last until you're ready to recognize fundamental human rights
I made this the day New York’s Senate voted down their equal marriage bill, then forgot about it. California’s law is actually not too unjust but they got downgraded for Prop 8. Yeah, that’s right, taking away minority rights by referendum is extra uncool, Rhode Island.
Anyway, yes we’re being total jerks in Copenhagen, and yes our government did dismantle the Court Challenges Program which helped fund the Charter cases which eventually led to equal marriage, but we have equal marriage in this country. And that’s golden.
Note: Most of the graphics I post are vector graphics, which means I can scale them up or down to any resolution. If you like something I made and you need it in a certain size, just ask and I’ll try to get it to you.