2111: Opportunity Rover
Title text: Thanks for bringing us along.
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This comic is a paean to the Opportunity rover, and its nearly 15 year mission in which it sent back publicly available photos and research from Mars to Earth. The evening prior to this comic uploading (Feb 12, 2019), Nasa's JPL sent their final data request to the rover, in hopes that it would respond. When it did not, the rover was declared to be officially lost.
The comic starts with a straw-person argument, as White Hat is lamenting that "Kids these days..." look at the world through their camera phones (and thus don't experience it directly). To this Randall appears to counter that sharing and showing to others is an exciting part of the joy. The comic ends by thanking Rover (and NASA) for allowing the general public to receive the pictures and data and shows some "followers" which represents everyone on Earth listening to the words from Rover as it described (and shared) the incredible experiences it had on Mars in its 15 Earth-year lifetime. Note, perhaps the reference to "dust devil" suggests these may have been the last such descriptions as that may refer to the deadly global dust storm that likely killed the Rover and ended the mission. The title text shows gratitude for the rover, which brought everyone on Earth, including Randall along in its journey by sending images of the journey to Earth.
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- [White Hat is watching while two people in the background hold their phones to use their cameras.]
- Some people complain that we see the world through our cameras.
- White Hat: Kids these days...
- [Cueball points to the left with his hand while shouting.]
- But for me, the really exciting part of finding something new
- Cueball: Wow, you gotta come see this!
- has always been showing it to others.
- [A space probe is approaching a planet.]
- Exploring an entire new world
- would already be the adventure of a lifetime.
- Imagine having the chance to share every new sight
- [A queue of seven people is seen following a rover.]
- with seven billion friends.
- Rover: ...and here's a trench I dug with my wheel, and here's where a dust devil went right past me, and over there is the biggest cliff I've ever seen, and this is...
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