Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Welcome to Mars

Yow! Take a look at this. After almost a year roving the surface of Mars, the Opportunity rover has approached the remains of it's discarded heat shield. The shield detached from the descending rover moments before landing and crashed down onto the surface of the Meridiani Plains.

For more good stuff like this, be sure to watch Nova on PBS, January 4th. They will be airing Welcome to Mars, a follow up on their terrific program of last January, MARS Dead or Alive. It should provide a good overview of the hugely successful Mars Expedition Rover missions.