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Mars Rover Goes AWOL, Drives in Direction of Sister Rover

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posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 05:20 PM
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Mars Rover Goes AWOL, Drives in Direction of Sister Rover


discovery.mlogic.mobi

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posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 05:20 PM
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What I think is interesting is that this is only available on the mobile website, and that if you go to discovery.com they have actually removed this article.

I'm not sure if its just a glitch or if they are trying to cover something up. Either way interesting stuff and maybe someone can dig up more information about what is going on. This may also have some correlation to what astroengineer has been talking about on ATS and on his blog.

discovery.mlogic.mobi
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 4/7/2010 by atzmaz]



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 05:28 PM
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I believe due to the date of the story this is an April fools joke.

If not it could be interesting.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 05:29 PM
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Maybe like with WALL-E, it developed a mind of its own. Or looking for spare parts lol.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 05:35 PM
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Time for Mars robot sex!

Houston, cue the porn music.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 05:37 PM
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reply to post by Signals
 


Hahaha i knew you would post something funny!

Odd though. Pretty cool at the same time.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 05:37 PM
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Apparently it may not be a April fools.

Mars rover can now control itself
www.mnn.com...

Opportunity was given some kind of AI package last month. Spirit had gotten stuck and this month all communications ceased with Spirit.

I wonder what in the world is going on out there.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 06:44 PM
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Originally posted by MikeboydUS
Apparently it may not be a April fools.

Mars rover can now control itself
www.mnn.com...

Opportunity was given some kind of AI package last month. Spirit had gotten stuck and this month all communications ceased with Spirit.

I wonder what in the world is going on out there.


I think you are right in the first instance regardless, the operators would need to know well in advance exactly where the probe is and continuity pictures are essential to them, why would they want to introduce a facility for sending pictures ad hoc? I suppose if it is heading for Spirit, It must have heard about "Troy"

[edit on 7-4-2010 by smurfy]



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 06:59 PM
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Originally posted by Signals
Time for Mars robot sex!

Houston, cue the porn music.



Here ya go BOWCHICKABOWOW!!!!



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 07:04 PM
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First thing I thought of was this thread.....

www.abovetopsecret.com...


hmmm....

-Kdial1



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 07:15 PM
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It's pretty obvious that we have some April fools here...NASA did upgrade the rover's program, but this article is a joke.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 07:34 PM
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I suppose it could be an April Fool's joke, however, I question the possibility as to whether or not it has lost contact and is operating on it's own or the possibility of outside interference being involved.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 10:20 PM
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I couldn't find anything to substantiate that it was an April Fools joke and the author has several other articles up on Discovery.com. I have to admit I didn't notice the date when I posted it and would have assumed the same thing myself.

I looked on the main Mars Rover website and didn't find anything there saying this and would think it would have been updated by now if it had. So perhaps the joke was on me...

Hopefully astroengineer will post on his thread and I can find out what's really going on with the rovers.



posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 10:26 PM
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There can logically be only one cause. The Masons. No other explanation makes sense.



posted on Apr, 8 2010 @ 04:24 AM
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The disinfo crowd is strong in this thread.

Did anyone here read astroengineer's entire story?

Did anyone here notice the actual date of the article?



posted on Apr, 8 2010 @ 04:40 AM
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Holy Crap!

This just in...

NASA has just received a transmission from the AWOL Rover, it's only a short text and it reads....

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*Austrian Accent*

Hustone....

Why doun't U make like a twee......and get out of heea...

End of transmission.
----------------------------------------------------------

Wow



posted on Apr, 8 2010 @ 11:57 AM
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Opportunity is chugging along. The story was a joke (and I love what you guys have done with it
)

Spirit is hibernating for the winter.

Mars Rover Home Page



posted on Apr, 8 2010 @ 05:26 PM
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From my understanding of the related links to articles:


This new software is making things much easier for Opportunity. The software is called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science, or AEGIS. It allows Opportunity to photograph a vast array of objects. Formerly, images of objects had to be transmitted to Earth for analysis. Based on these pictures, ground operators would check for targets of interest to examine on a later day. Valuable time would be lost, and ground operators might miss further details if they decided the object wasn’t a high priority.



This says the program allows the rover to decide what to image, instead of waiting on earth to decide then send answers.



posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 08:40 PM
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Haha, that is too funny. I like how the story got pulled right away to make it seem even more believable, like the story was being suppressed. I thought the rover already had AI that would let it drive on its own? Is this that different? Maybe now it takes photos by itself and before it just drove by itself. Maybe they are just using the same software they put on earth cameras now to detect faces or smiles. now teh rover will take a picture of a smiling martian or martian face if it happens to see one as it drives.


Paul



posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 08:50 PM
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Actually, artificial intelligence is getting pretty advanced these days. There may come a day when machines can think and make decisions and they just might not accept their position in the way things seem to be.



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