The review panel went on to say that current proposals for the rover lack "specific scientific questions to be answered, testable hypotheses, and proposed measurements and assessment of uncertainties and limitations." Somebody get the rover team some ice for that burn.
Willfully ignorant of the insults to its team, the rover itself kept on driving:
Meanwhile, its parody account had choice words:
Like NASA knows anything about doing awesome planetary science on another… oh, what's that? They know literally everything? Well, okay then.— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) September 3, 2014
In the end, the simple, objective fact remains: I'm on Mars, I'm a viable platform for scientific research, and I'm totally f—king awesome.— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) September 3, 2014
The review board had a more positive outlook on the Opportunity rover. Opportunity has carried on long past its intended expiration dates, and continues to evaluate the surface of mars for environmental and geological conditions that might have supported life. And the shining star of the review is Cassini, which takes photos of Saturn and got the only "Excellent" rating in the bunch. The panel approved a proposed three-year mission for Cassini, which will probably take it to the end of its life.