Saturday, January 29, 2011

Happy belated birthday, Opportunity!

Seven years ago, Opportunity landed on Mars and began it's mission. It was supposed to have lasted for three months and it's still going strong.
Click here for a gorgeous Mars panorama. I still get a thrill from looking at those photos, no matter how often I see them. It's another world and I can sit on my couch and look at colour photos from it. Sure, we probably won't go there in a hurry (I hope we will, though), but it's still awesome.

Opportunity's twin Spirit has become stuck, but may still be functional after hibernating through the Mars winter. We'll know more in March. I'll definitely remember it as the hero in the (so far) only xkcd comic to make me cry.

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