so you know my attachment to the north star/ursa minor so her codename’s little bear. i was trying to think of a name for the dragon bot and whenever i need a name i always pop open my skymap app and look around for a star with a cool name. it turns out ursa minor is cradled within the tail of the draco constellation… that’s so perfect. ;-; there’s a star called altais in draco, so i named the bot altias. I love them.
On January 26th 2010, 2274 Mars days into the mission, NASA declared Spirit a ‘stationary research station’, expected to stay operational for several more months until the dust buildup on its solar panels forces a final shutdown. (xkcd)