Archive For November, 2006

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Contact lost with Mars Global Surveyor

Contact lost with Mars spacecraft Nasa's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft has been out of contact with Earth for more than a week. Engineers have been trying to re-establish communication with the probe, which could be showing its age after 10 years in space. The spacecraft has entered "safe mode", awaiting further instructions from controllers on Earth. Since then, the spacecraft…

Precipice…

[Editorial by Mike] 5 years hard work 120 minutes great excitement (launch) 7 months boredom (cruise) 6 minutes of sheer terror (EDL) Ninety  One Thousand+ days of exploration It all started like this... January 2001... I received a call from a cohort, someone I hadn't heard from in a long time. It was, for me, a very happy call. "Mike,…

To Boldly Go…

Seen on SlashDot - did Viking miss signs of life on Mars? The science facts behind the SlashDot article support that idea.  Remember - in 1976 scientists didn't know a whole lot about Mars; Viking was really the first successfull attempt to put a science observatory on another planet with the idea of operating for more than a few moments. …

MS taking some pain out of WinCE?

Microsoft has released WinCE 6.0 - this time as a "shared source" release, with various enhancements.  Some of the big claims-to-fame:  It's the "first commercial hard real-time OS released as a shared-source product". I'm not sure exactly what this means.  Perhaps they're using their source licensing model - "shared sourcing" - as a qualifier?  Since it's the only RTOS made…