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Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Elias and I have been having fun watching the videos on the NASA site about the various Mars rovers. I was surprised to learn that there are currently two rovers on Mars (Opportunity and Spirit), and another one on the way (Sojourner), and another super-advanced "science laboratory" rover planned to launch in 2010. My treasured issue of National Geographic with 3-D pictures taken by Pathfinder is seeming so passé.

Our favorite video is "Mars Science Laboratory Mission Animation", which looks so real you'd swear John Carter* had a camera crew.

* Annoyingly cute references are to Edgar Rice Burroughs's action-packed Mars series. The start-up, A Princess of Mars, is great fun (especially if you're a 14-year-old boy), but I thought episode 2, The Gods of Mars, is even more so -- I mean look at how creepy-cool the blue "plant men" are.

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