That’s only 6 light years away, our galactic back yard.
Landing this Monday!
Drill Baby Drill!
Give me a home, where the boulders roam, and the skies are not cloudy all day…
For the record, EVE has behaved better than WALL-E during the 6 1/2-month voyage to Mars.
Whether or not they provide any insight on InSight, WALL-E and EVE will zoom past Mars and remain in an elliptical orbit around the sun. Engineers expect them to keep working for a couple weeks beyond Mars depending on how long the fuel and electronics last.
“They’re firing! Raise shields, evasive maneuvers, brace for impact!”
They’ve got 2 days, should be fine.
Which is not to say the machine has gone unscathed: ground controllers have noted that nine of its twenty solid-state drives have failed so far. After only a little more than a year in space, that’s a fairly alarming failure rate for a technology that on Earth we consider to be a proven and reliable technology. A detailed analysis of the failed drives will be conducted whenever the Spaceborne Computer can hitch a ride back down to the planet’s surface, but as with most unexpected hardware failures in space, radiation is considered the most likely culprit. The findings of the analysis may prove invaluable for future deep-space computers which will almost certainly be using SSDs over traditional disk drives for their higher energy efficiency and lower weight.
But can it play any games?