byRoger L Simon
“We’re all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde
In this week of Muslim riots, its nice to remember what Muslims share with the exploration of the planet Mars.
The letter “M”.
And if our fascist little President doesn’t like what I just said, I’m quite sure he can always arrange for some brown-shirted cops to show up at my place–or anyone’s place–at midnight.
Now THIS (to paraphrase O’Rourke) is how to waste some taxpayer money!!! Wooooo! Encore!
Well, this animation shows the launch, cruise, and arrival of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. Which landed January on Mars January 3, 2004.
That was eight and half years ago.
NASA’s most recent Mars rover, Curiosity, landed August 6, 2012, and is just wrapping up its post-landing checkout. You can see videos and still images taken by it here: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/whatsnew/
Raw images: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw
Video archive: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videoarchive
Whoops… Great video of… the previous mission to Mars! The latest ship, Curiosity, is larger, and is powered by an on-board nuclear reactor, so it does not need solar panels, nor is it affected by the dust that obscured the panels of its two predecessors. Anyway, one more heroic hop in the crescendo of technical achievement.
Let’s study the down-linked pictures carefully, and memorize what the red planet used to look like before NASA was re-purposed to include it within the cosmic caliphate.
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