February 09, 2004


At first glance, I would have sworn this was a Sandcrawler.
Opportunity Spies Its Backshell
Seriously though, it's pretty amazing to think that we have two rovers on opposite sides of Mars that are autonomously navigating and talking to two communications satellites (Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey) in orbit above them. And all this is going on around another planet, over 10 light-minutes away.

While I think the idea of a major government initiative to send men to Mars is absurd until we can cheaply and safely get to orbit, this does get me excited about the prospect.

Update: Added the image above.

Posted by richard at February 9, 2004 09:41 PM