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Remembrance Of Probes Past

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:06:24 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Archived: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:03:44 -0400
Subject: Remembrance Of Probes Past

Souirce: Economist.Com


Aug 6th 2012

Missions To Mars
Remembrance Of Probes Past
by T.C.

AT 5.32am co-ordinated universal (read: Earth) time on August
6th, staff at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in
California broke out in wild cheers. Curiosity - the biggest,
most sophisticated rover ever sent to Mars - had touched down
successfully, its spectacularly complicated landing procedure
going off without a hitch. The landing was a triumph of creative
engineering, allowing the car-sized robot (one of whose wheels
is visible in the picture above) to bring an unprecedented array
of scientific tools to the Martian surface. In the "seven
minutes of terror" it took Curiosity to descend from orbit,
fingernails at JPL had been chewed back to the quick. According
to Charles Bolden, NASA's administrator, John Holdren, Barack
Obama's science advisor, was so worried that something would go
wrong that he had almost been physically sick.

Dr Holdren had good reason to be concerned. Counting Curiosity,
only 15 of the 41 missions that humans have sent to Mars have
been successful.

In Moscow, Alexander Zakharov ticks off some of the failures
experienced by Russia's space program over the past couple of

[More at site...]

Terry W. Colvin
Tucson, Arizona - 10 June to 13 August 2012

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