posted on Sep, 4 2005 @ 02:14 PM
are reporting that the Mars Global Surveyor is currently running in 'safe
Without any jokes about the MS Windows operating system, the article clarifies this, and also highlights the current consequences:
The spacecraft has switched into a "safe mode", in which the instruments and some other systems are turned off.
Team members are racing to get the probe out of this mode so it can photograph the presumed crash site of a US Mars mission lost in 1999.
The pictures could decide whether design changes are needed on a probe due to launch for Mars in 2007.
Next week will provide the last opportunity to take images of the crash site of Mars Polar Lander (MPL) for another two years.
Clearly as they are trying to learn from the earlier expedition sight of the crash site is going to be very useful.
As this is a conspiracy site, I guess I ought to be thinking the worst, so what if it's all just a ploy to manage public expectation, so when the
terrifyingly awful truth of the crash site is caught on film, pressure to release it will be off, as we were told you that the MGS was
and well, these things happen, it just didn't reboot in time, you know how it is,
EDIT: Oops, silly me, I forgot to add an opinion.
Personally I hope that they do get it back running in time, I'd have thought that lots could be learnt from a good set of data from the crash site,
so I'd say good luck to 'em.
[edit on 4-9-2005 by 0951]