Archive For January, 2008

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Four Years: Happy Birthday MERs!

About four years ago a pair of robots, who began life as MER-A and MER-B, landed on Mars, starting a 90 day mission.  That was one of the most exciting Januaries I've ever experienced!  (It's hard to top the successful landings of two probes on another planet in 3 weeks!!) About 5 months ago a planet-wide dust storm gave us…

MESSENGER… Getting into the Swing

Hello All Today MESSENGER successfully made its first swing by Mercury. Mercury is as alien a world to us as any  we really only know a large  amount about our planet and our red neighbor, Mars. We probably know more about the Jovian planets than Mercury. As close as it is to the sun  it's an incredibly hard study.  This…