Loc: Yuba City, California
NASA is going to bring reality television to the world once again. On January 3rd, these two probes will fall to Mars unravel the airbags and release the two RC cars equipped with instruments and cameras!<br><br>I don't know about you all, but I was fascinated with the first RC car they sent to Mars back in the late '90's that eventually became inoperable. But not before it sent back video and photos of the planet.<br><br><br><br>"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates
Loc: Yuba City, California
Yes sireeee. I like the gadgets they put to work collecting samples, taking pictures and what not.<br><br>Supposedly, they are going to deploy the two propes wrapped up in there own giant airbag and the probes are supposed to bounce to a standstill... in theory anyway.<br><br><br><br><br><br>"640K ought to be enough for anybody." - Bill Gates
That's the way the previous two missions have landed, one successfully (spectacularly so) and the other a failure. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Also, the European space agency's Mars explorer is about to get to the planet too--maybe on Christmas day.<br><br> My name is yoyo. Nice to meet you.
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Loc: Alexandria, VA
The reality begins before January - here are the current positions of all craft heading towards Mars:<br><br><br><br>Nozomi is a trouble-plagued orbiter mission out of Japan that launched in 1998 ... thruster problems forced the controllers to perform two years-long slingshots past the Earth to finally get it going to Mars this past June ... more recently it has suffered a short circuit which may scrub the mission - controllers had until Dec. 2 to work around the problem for a critical Dec. 9 engine burn to brake the craft enough for a Dec, 14 orbit insertion around Mars, so we'll see how that goes ...<br><br>Meanwhile, the ESA's Mars Express is scheduled to enter Mars orbit and deploy the Beagle 2 lander on Christmas Day ... so far that mission has proceeded without event ...<br><br>And of course, there are the two Mars Expedition Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, scheduled to land on Mars January 3rd and January 24th, respectively. Fortunately, those missions appear also to be running well so far ...<br><br>So it should be an interesting next couple months!<br><br>=)<br><br>***matt<br><br><br><br>Turn up the signal, wipe out the noise ...
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