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 http://tinyurl.com/9e64kyr 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 decades. [More at site...] Terry W. Colvin Tucson, Arizona - 10 June to 13 August 2012 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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