March 3, 2014
One of the first things I thought about after seeing today's comic:
Original: 2008 Christmas Special (521), Hack (1337)
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The 1337 XKCD Hacking Special
Due to the slowing economy, we could only afford to produce the prime-numbered panels. You should be able to infer the missing parts of the story easily enough. We apologize for the inconvenience.
In 2008, we learned—to our surprise—that the probe didn't shut down.
It's still running and it has plenty of fuel.
...and in 2014, its orbit brings it near earth.
Two females, one with dark hair and the other with a ponytail, are standing, facing each other.
We could send it on a new mission... except we no longer have the equipment to send commands to it.
The two people from the previous panel are standing in a room, with two other people at desks with computers. One of them is wearing a headset.
We've convinced them to give us time on the Madrid DSN transmitter and hacked the maser to support the uplink. And today's the big day.
Closeup of the dark-haired person.
OK, transmit the new comet rendezvous maneuver sequen—
What the hell?
The person with the headset is looking at a computer screen.
Who's doing this?? Stop them!
Look! My screen!
Two people, one male and one female, are in what appears to be a swimming pool. They are seen from a distance, and there is a black background.
Title text: The two comics are even the same width