Silence of Mars Rover Worrisome (washingtonpost.com)Another conspiraxy theory is born
And a hundred more receive fuel and fodder. Silence of Mars Rover Worrisome (washingtonpost.com)
The situation was somewhat mysterious, however, because no single failure scenario could readily explain the rover's behavior, said project manager Pete Theisinger. ... At 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, as the problem was becoming clear, the rover contacted a second U.S. orbiter, the Mars Global Surveyor, as it passed overhead, but the signal contained no data -- just "a random pattern of zeros and ones," said Richard Cook, deputy project manager.
Of course, I have carefully removed anything from the article that might interfere with the clear conclusion that Martians have taken over the craft and are now reverse-engineering it.