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 White Hat, looking at some people taking photographs and lamenting the fact that they're taking pictures all the time, saying "Kids these days...", a common complaint of younger people by their elders.This is actually a straw-person argument, as White Hat is lamenting that the younger generation look at the world through their camera phones and thus don't experience it directly, and believe that they lose some of the joy of the event in the process - an opinion he has expressed previously.
To this Randall appears to counter that sharing and showing to others is an exciting part of the joy, an opinion which he has been sharing since before this comic. He then proceeds to say that the Oppurtunity of exploring a completely new world is an exciting part of the exploration,and expresses joy in the fact that MER-B Opportunity was able to share its experiences in its 15-year, 45-kilometer journey on Mars with the entirety of humanity.
The comic ends by thanking Rover (and NASA) for allowing the general public the incredible experiences it had on Mars in its 15 Earth-year lifetime , to receive the pictures and data, while traversing along hostile terrain for us.The last panel shows some "followers" which represents everyone on Earth listening to the words from Rover as it transmits 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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