Friday Random 10: Fading Spirits Edition


Sad news from Mars this week as NASA officials are openly questioning the future of the Spirit rover, which has been cruising the surface of the red planet for six years. It’s not out of batteries or anything. It’s just kind of, well, stuck:

In April, Spirit’s wheels broke through a hard crust on the Martian surface and encountered loosely packed fine sand beneath. Initial attempts to drive the rover out ended up with it instead sinking deeper into the trap.

Engineers set up a sand box at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and positioned a sister rover inside to try to figure out a way for Spirit to free itself.

“We’ve pretty much exhausted all the possibilities, all the things that we can do on the ground,” rover project manager John Callas told Discovery News.

With the cold Martian winter on its way, the Spirit could be in danger of dying if it can’t get out of the soft sand and toward the sun — where its solar panels could collect enough energy to keep it alive during the winter. I think I speak for all robot enthusiasts when I say “Beeeep boop, brave Spirit. Beep boop beeeeeep.”

The songs:

Save us S.O.S. — Hot Hot Heat
My Little Corner of the World — Yo La Tengo
Naked as a Window — Josh Ritter
Everybody Knows that You Are Insane — Queens of the Stone Age
Hold Time — M. Ward
Bright Lights — Pete and the Pirates
Dominos — The Big Pink
How To Fight Loneliness — Wilco
Your Southern Can is Mine — The White Stripes
Let’s Not Shit Ourselves — Bright Eyes

Bonus video:

Brooklyn Zoo — Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Kind of a requiem on the 5-year anniversary of his death)

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.


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4 responses to “Friday Random 10: Fading Spirits Edition

  1. Perry Ellis

    I’m doubling down this week because I was too busy to chime in last week:

    Vito’s Ordination Song, Sufjan Stevens
    The Rain Song, Led Zeppelin
    Take the Power Back, Rage Against the Machine
    We’re Going To Be Friends, Jack Johnson
    House Burning Down, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Needle In The Hay, Elliott Smith
    (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Johnny Cash
    Harder Now That It’s Over (live), Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
    Cremation (Ashes to Ashes), Lou Reed
    In The Garage, Weezer
    Skyway, The Replacements
    The Last High, The Dandy Warhols
    Nap Pulls Kip, John Swihart
    My Wild Child, Cowboy Junkies
    Dark End of the Street, Elvis Costello & The Imposters
    Love All Of Me, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
    Anything That Way, Buffalo Tom
    Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
    Face The Face, Pete Townshend

  2. NASA needs to consult this turtle:

    1. Doomou Baaye – Orchestra Baobob
    2. Live Alone – Franz Ferdinand
    3. Lover’s Prayer – Ida
    4. Geography – Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
    5. Four Walls – Blockhead
    6. Africa – Toto
    7. 4% Pantomime – The Band
    8. Photographs & Memories – Jim Croce
    9. Tangled Up in Blue – Some Dylan guy.
    10. Midnight Rambler – The Rolling Stones

  3. missed last week too, but too lazy to double up!

  4. That turtle rules. You know what else rules? “Africa” by Toto. My college friend had one of those insane $10,000 speaker systems, and he loved playing that song at full volume. The producers put all kinds of ambient jungle sounds and stuff in the sonic layers of that song. Just the most outrageously over the top production ever.

    And we were high.

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