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    This is a fitting tribute to the Spirit Mars Rover
    http://xkcd.com/695/

  • #2
    That's really cute! It's great that it lasted so long, although it's probably debatable for some

    My name is actually on the Spirit on a CD. JPL had something before it was sent off where you could put in your name and it would be included. I got a certificate for it.

    Mars Exploration Rover-2003 Mission
    Participation Certificate
    Presented to
    Bridget xxxxxxx
    On November 13, 2002
    Thank you for joining us on this mission of exploration and discovery. A compact disc bearing your name will be included in one of the next Mars Exploration Rover-2003 missions that will explore the planet's surface in search of geologic evidence of water in Mars' past.


    Together, we will journey into space to discover and understand the many wonders of our universe.



    Dr. Edward J. Weiler
    Associate Administrator
    Office of Space Science

    Certificate No. 3177408
    Flying around the room under my own power.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Spoo Junky View Post
      Mars Exploration Rover-2003 Mission
      Participation Certificate
      Presented to
      Bridget xxxxxxx
      On November 13, 2002
      I have to say that you have the coolest surname I've ever seen. How do you pronounce it exactly?

      The Optimist: The glass is half full
      The Pessimist: The glass is half empty
      The Engineer: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be

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      • #4
        You can't, even though it isn't even close to 10,000 letters long! :P
        Flying around the room under my own power.

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        • #5
          I think it's pronounced "XXXXXXX"

          But I could be wrong.

          Is that Polish?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by LightStorm View Post
            I think it's pronounced "XXXXXXX"

            But I could be wrong.

            Is that Polish?
            X would probably be pronounced sh in this case, much like a librarian attempting to silence those in a library. Since there are multiple Xs, this would indicate an extended vocalization approximately one second for each X or seven seconds.

            Brazilian Portuguese would be more likely than Polish.
            For an example see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuxa

            Dan Dassow

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            • #7
              It's the Martian translation of my name, it's pronounced "Incognito". :P
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Spoo Junky View Post
                It's the Martian translation of my name, it's pronounced "Incognito". :P
                Oh yes of course, I should have realised, it ends with two groups of two Xs, so...yes it would be pronounced as 'Incognito'

                Blimey, I should've known that. I feel really foolish now!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Spoo Junky View Post
                  That's really cute! It's great that it lasted so long, although it's probably debatable for some

                  My name is actually on the Spirit on a CD. JPL had something before it was sent off where you could put in your name and it would be included. I got a certificate for it.
                  Weren't you worried that could backfire? Giving any passing little green man/slavering tentacle beast your personal details, I mean?

                  RedEyeSky
                  "Chance favors the warrior."
                  ~Na'Toth

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RedEyeSky View Post
                    Weren't you worried that could backfire? Giving any passing little green man/slavering tentacle beast your personal details, I mean?

                    RedEyeSky
                    It was definitely a consideration I couldn't resist the coolness factor, though.

                    We live in an old school house built in 1902; a former owner converted it to a home in the 1980's. We're currently doing renovations of the bathroom and found a penny from 1913. Also, my husband and I recently did some research and found a short written history of the school and a class photo from 1908. I was thrilled to find that, it brought my school house to life I hope that when people finally reach Mars, they get the same sort of thrill by finding our names. History in a textbook can be so dry and impersonal, but having the human factor introduced makes it more meaningful.

                    For example, an entry in the school history noted the name of a former student who enlisted in the army for WW II and was killed in action in Belgium in 1944. Of those names on the disk on Spirit, how many will go on to have made an impact on history, no matter how big or small.

                    Even the cartoonist who did the joke that Dan posted has contributed to history and hopefully draws a chuckle from someone in the future.
                    Flying around the room under my own power.

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