BIG/GAS stands for “Business Is Great/Government and Academics are Stupid.”

It’s a popular proposition among the shouting classes, but NASA — specifically Spirit and Opportunity — have, over the past six years, driven a few more nails in its coffin. While unpopular in some circles the two Mars rovers have, as of this writing, exceeded their planned mission lives by more than 2,500%.

Very few business successes play in that league.