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MER@5 Years, Your thoughts and congratulations to the MER teams
ElkGroveDan
post Jan 3 2009, 07:28 AM
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Five Years of Spirit on Mars

I normally don't go re-posting the blogs that I know most of us here read regularly, but I have to point out what a wonderful job Emily did in digesting five years of Spirit's exploration into one commentary/column of under 1800 words.

I can't wait to read Opportunity's story later this month.

http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00001796/


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post Jan 3 2009, 06:38 PM
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It's fantastic that Sprirt and Oppy have reached this milestone...

Superb and concise article on Spirit's acheivements by Emily. smile.gif
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Del Palmer
post Jan 3 2009, 08:02 PM
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Excellent summary! To celebrate the milestone, I've cut together a selection of some of the more amusing moments during the early press briefings:

http://www.speedyshare.com/556118174.html
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post Jan 3 2009, 08:19 PM
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I opened up a bottle of sparkling grape juice to celebrate biggrin.gif
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post Jan 3 2009, 10:13 PM
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Official "Bonestell" panoramas available (annotated, stereo, false color, true color).
http://marsrovers.nasa.gov/gallery/press/s.../20081230a.html


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post Jan 3 2009, 10:22 PM
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Very nice panorama. Unfortunately they have repeated the frequent error of mistaking Lookout Point for West Spur. West Spur is not visible from here.

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post Jan 4 2009, 01:03 AM
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I'm glad y'all liked the synopsis. Actually I'm not scheduled to do an Opportunity podcast -- Jim Bell is doing one on the 24th, but he's taken a slightly different angle than just doing a "plot summary" of the last five years. If I can find the time, though, I'll try to do one!

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post Jan 4 2009, 02:11 AM
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As has been done previously with Mars Rover anniversaries, let me mark our celebrations with some images to download.
These celebrations go over a few weeks between Spirit's and Opportunity's landing dates.
So let's pass on our thoughts and congratulations through this thread.

Here is a desktop logo I'd like to share...
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plus posters and more on my blog.

Stuart Atkinson has also prepared another of his brilliant poems (which I've included on the poster design).

It is my honor to dedicate these images to the men and women on the Rover teams who have worked so hard to continue operating these amazing explorers on the surface of that distant red world.

Astro0 smile.gif

Edit: I received a request for an additional desktop based on one of the posters. It's on the blog...
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post Jan 4 2009, 03:46 AM
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Beautiful picture, Astro0, and beautiful words, Stu!!! smile.gif

All I can add is my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to the men & women of the MER project, a very few of whom I've had the distinct pleasure of meeting. Your unprecedented achievements make all of us proud to be human.


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post Jan 4 2009, 03:48 AM
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QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ Jan 3 2009, 02:28 AM) *
but I have to point out what a wonderful job Emily did in digesting five years of Spirit's exploration into one commentary/column of under 1800 words.


Anything that includes a "liquid hot magma" reference is fine by me.
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post Jan 4 2009, 05:15 AM
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Scott Maxwell has started a blog about the early phases of the mission. It will be great to follow smile.gif
http://marsandme.blogspot.com/


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post Jan 4 2009, 06:04 AM
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Thanks for the head-ups dot.dk, it looks like it's going to be a pretty exciting blog to follow! smile.gif
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post Jan 4 2009, 06:38 AM
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QUOTE (stevesliva @ Jan 3 2009, 07:48 PM) *
Anything that includes a "liquid hot magma" reference is fine by me.


biggrin.gif wink.gif I thought only my husband would care about that reference.

And I'm already hooked on Scott's blog.

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post Jan 4 2009, 07:08 AM
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Simply amazing -- never in my wildest dreams did I think the rovers would hang on this long and remain so productive.


Onward we travel... wheel.gif
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post Jan 4 2009, 08:36 AM
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Oh my gosh. I'm becoming exhiliarausted as I try to digest the information in this thread.

Emily: Everything you write is pretty darn good, but that Spirit mission summary was truly outstanding. If scientific journals allowed that style, they'd be a lot more fun to read.

QUOTE (Del Palmer @ Jan 3 2009, 02:02 PM) *
Excellent summary! To celebrate the milestone, I've cut together a selection of some of the more amusing moments during the early press briefings:
http://www.speedyshare.com/556118174.html
Del Palmer: That was most entertaining. I am going to have to listen to it several times to absorb the full content.

QUOTE (Astro0 @ Jan 3 2009, 08:11 PM) *
As has been done previously with Mars Rover anniversaries, let me mark our celebrations with some images to download. ...
I'm not a design expert, but that looks like a really nice logo to me.

QUOTE (nprev @ Jan 3 2009, 09:46 PM) *
... Your unprecedented achievements make all of us proud to be human.
nprev: I couldn't think of any better words than those to express my feelings tonight. Thanks for summing it up.
smile.gif

I can't wait to see where these rovers will take us from here.


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