Started by trdsf, February 13, 2019, 06:01:21 PM
Quote from: Unbeliever on February 13, 2019, 06:32:29 PMMaybe we'll eventually be able to get there with a mission that could fix it? We can hope, anyway.
QuoteWhile this may be the end for Opportunity, the study and exploration of Mars is far from over. The rover Curiosity is still chugging along, as are several Mars orbiters and the InSight lander. The European and Russian space agencies are readying their own Mars rover, recently named Rosalind Franklin after the pioneering x-ray crystallographer. And many alumni from Spirit and Opportunity are hard at work on the upcoming Mars 2020 rover, which will search for signs of past life and cache rock samples for future return to Earth.In the meantime, Opportunity will stand as a monument to science for hundreds of thousands of yearsâ€"and maybe even a site where future explorers pay tribute. Perhaps in coming decades, humans will touch down in Meridiani Planum, Opportunity's landing area. Some scientists and engineers, including Seibert, have formally suggested the region as a landing site for crewed Mars missions.â€œThat would be such a powerful moment,â€ Harrison says, â€œto have humans come face to face with the emissary that they sent there before them.â€
Quote from: trdsf on February 13, 2019, 10:03:37 PMI'm not really sure what I think should be done with the manned and unmanned landing sites when we return to the Moon and go to Mars. I definitely think the Apollo 11 site should be preserved as-is, and I think I would definitely support an agreement among all the spacefaring nations to leave each others' firsts as historical sites.But thinking hundreds or even thousands of years ahead, if we end up terraforming Mars, what do we do? Put a dome over the Viking 1 and Pathfinder sites to sort-of preserve the original Martian landscape around them? Just fence them off? Put up a historical marker and then haul the original objects off to a museum? I really don't know.
Quote from: Unbeliever on February 14, 2019, 01:31:50 PMWe may end up building a virtual replica of Mars, as it is now, so we can use the non-virtual one for resources.
Quote from: Gawdzilla Sama on February 16, 2019, 07:19:18 AMI don't give high priority to microbes.
Quote from: Cavebear on February 22, 2019, 05:38:20 PMOpportunity, Over The Bridge, RIP... We will meet again.