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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. William (Bill) Farrand, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: Mars Opportunity Rover farewell. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. Please note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.
John Batchelor and I welcomed back Dr. William (Bill) Farrand from the Opportunity Rover science team to discuss the end of the Opportunity mission. We talked about the Martian dust storm and its adverse impact on the rover. We discussed Opportunity accomplishments and what it discovered while covering 28 miles over its 15 year history. John asked if there was any hope that it might still be brought back to life at some point in the future. Our guest said it was doubtful given the Martian winter coming up and the probability that without warming, the instrumentation on Opportunity would suffer severe cold damage. I asked Bill what he thought were the top findings of Opportunity. He listed two including finding sulfur rich rocks suggesting water and the exploration of Endeavour Crater showing clay minerals and traces of water. Asked what he thought the general public liked the most about Opportunity, he said the images and seeing the great Martian vistas and views from ground level on Mars. Don't miss this one segment ten minute discussion where we say goodbye to a terrific Martian rover.
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