Today is the last day NASA will be sending out a call for our wayward rover, Spirit. As an exploration platform, it exceeded expectations by such a dramatic extent that to call it a fantastic success would be a terrible understatement.
Sometime a bit more than a year ago, we stopped receiving responses from it, but have been continuing to send out a call. The hope (however slim) that we might get a response was still there. But it’s time to turn the lights off.
Farewell, Spirit. You did an Olympian’s job, little fella.