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Nov
11
2008

@MarsPhoenix: We will miss you!

Like a lot of geeks, we've been following @MarsPhoenix on Twitter. Among the mass of telemetry and science data the lander has been sending, JPL media director Veronica McGregor decoded the little guy's voice and has faithfully given us its story. We refreshed madly during its exhilarating descent, and we saw what it saw as its cameras came on for the first time. We were the first outside JPL to see the tiny white ice cubes it unearthed, looking ready to chill a nice glass of Bawls. For the past six months, Phoenix's tweets have made us feel like the red planet was right there under our collective robotic feet. So it's made us a little sad this week that winter finally arrived and plunged Phoenix's solar cells into a deep freeze from which it will most likely never wake.

phoenix.jpgWe'll miss you, Phoenix. Thank you, and rest in peace.

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meaningless icon! Rest in Peace, I hope one day we will meet.
Bobsaid said this 2121 days ago.
meaningless icon! So sad!
dndgirl said this 2121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Aw, all this talk about freezing and I never truly believed it, guess I have to just give in and accept the loss...
White667 said this 2121 days ago.
meaningless icon! A sad ending for such a young robot, but it will surely live again when we arrive on the big red moon in a decade or so...
George87 said this 2121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Just so long as this simple robotic intelligence doesn't get corrupted by some sentient machine-race that decides it needs to subjugate humanity for sending this poor machine to its doom... Hey, I worry about these things!
Fraize (ThinkGeek Staff) said this 2121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Noooooo! Farewell, my robotic friend.
GameDreamer said this 2121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Alas, poor Mars Phoenix! I knew him, Thinkgeek; A robot of infinite Awesomeness, of most excellent knowledge; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those solar panels that I have watched I know not how oft. Where be your information now?
Dash said this 2120 days ago.
meaningless icon! Yeah! One less robot on planet Earth to worry about when the war comes.
Rich said this 2120 days ago.
meaningless icon! Careful, Rich. I'll sic my robot dog on you.
Jacob said this 2120 days ago.
meaningless icon! *sniffle*
Oscelot said this 2120 days ago.
meaningless icon! kthnxbai, I go to wipe my tears with a LOLcat.
HELONURS said this 2120 days ago.
meaningless icon! @Rich: But... this robot wasn't on Earth....
Shane said this 2119 days ago.
meaningless icon! the poor little robot, just an additional reason for me to loathe when the time has come for earth to change seasons......STUPID ORBIT!
hack master said this 2119 days ago.
meaningless icon! (SNIFF SNIFF) IM GONNA CRY NOW!!! NOT REALLY
hack master said this 2119 days ago.
meaningless icon! may you wake again when the summer comes, phoenix
Smoke353 said this 2117 days ago.
meaningless icon! hey im with rich robots are just waiting for us humans to put albert einstein brane in it then where doomed i meen seriously we need to keep our eyes on them robots like this >_o
l33tg33k said this 2100 days ago.
meaningless icon! What a load of twitter quitters! ... was it not the Phoenix that rose again from the hashish ... ooops, that would be ashes of hell ... let's wait 'til summer before saying our premature evacuations, and when that ol' summer sun returns, we can all link our virtual hands and maybe send out a borg collective 'wake up' call to Phoenix .... aaaauuuuuuummmm ...
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