Archive For July, 2007

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Rovers in dusty peril?

After more than 1234 days in service, after surviving the extreme cold of Martian winter, the rovers may be facing their toughest challenge:  summer dust storms. I live out in the desert, and on our planet, dust storms can raise-up at the drop of a hat, and obliterate everything.  Just a few months ago we had a couple of days…

Up From The Ashes…

July 4th 1997 NASA did something spectacular: demonstrated a bunch of new technologies and delivered a space craft to the surface of another planet.  Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars.  Not long after, NASA started working on more probes to be sent to Mars, to do some research on the the climate and the polar ice packs.  It's pretty important research…

One Tin Soldier Rides Away….

Not quite a year ago, Mars was in the news.  Opportunity had made it to a new milestone - Victoria Crater.  Among the issues being discussed at the time was: will we send the rover down into this crater, from which it would likely never return.  I posted my own feelings in an entry titled Precipice . My feelings haven't…