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On a different note, honoring five-years:
I’m a high school teacher and guitar player. In 2005, I produced an indie album of original compositions for guitar, called Xanthe Terra. Owing to my love of Mars, this forum, y’all, and on the occasion of the five-year anniversary of MER, I want to share that I had dedicated this CD to Steve Squyres, along with the engineers and scientists who played a part in the MERs’ success. 4 years late in telling you, but what the hell…In the liner notes to Xanthe Terra, I wrote
“This album is dedicated to the many scientists and engineers who have participated in the Mars Exploration Rover Project ’04-5, (sic) led by Steve Squyres. The MER missons - carried out with extraordinary precision, ingenuity, and passion - have to date made significant discoveries about the past presence of liquid water on Mars. The rover teams embody the living spirit of scientific inquiry, as they are the true explorers of our time and an inspiration for the generations to come.”
So why didn’t I just call my CD Gusev Crater? Well, Xanthe Terra just sounds sexier. Also, the etymology of the russian root gus- translates into English as, well, goose. For me, the Columbia Hills do not evoke flocks of geese, so there went that title. Now, Terra Meridiani would have made a dandy name, but then the official Mars name was changed from Terra Meridiani to Meridiani Planum, a much clumsier moniker. (The Martian nomenclature is such a gold mine of euphonious and wonderful names… ) Anyhow, I ended up with this CD of original compositions for guitar, and I call it Xanthe Terra. Easy to find in search, if you are interested.
For further reading, here is a rather interesting article from the Chicago Reader about it, August ’05.http://www.chicagoreader.com/TheMeter/050812.html
regards, Charlie Schmidt