Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Saturday, September 23, 2006

  Opportunity at Duck Bay - Victoria crater

After a very long, hard drive over fairly flat terrain, the Mars Rover Opportunity is within 40 meters or so of "Duck Bay", overlooking Victoria crater.



Spirit, although dragging a wheel, is still going strong.

Not bad for rovers running at 9x their design lifetime. Not bad at all.

Exploring Victoria crater ought to the most interesting thing Opportunity has had to do thus far. The next couple months are shaping up to be busy ones for Mars science, as, also the Mars orbiter will be firing up it's subsurface radar any day now.
 
Sunday, September 17, 2006

  ... and the bear floats free

Nice flight. Utterly nominal.

Americans spent millions inventing a pen that would work in space.

The Russians just take pencils.
 

  350 seconds, nominal flight

... and it looks like even escaping the bounds of earth, humankind can't escape paperwork.

I'm waiting for the bear to float free....
 

  23 minutes to go...

Overheard on the tape... a teary woman's voice saying - "Come back soon."

Mrs Ansari would take the prize for "the world's sexyist space traveller", if there was one.

Not that I don't dig the flight engineer's mustache.

Hm. Two Michaels on this mission. Is one called Bruce to keep it clear?

Ha, there is a fuzzy bear hanging from the console! Bear on board!
 

  Soyuz launch in 40 minutes

... And Mrs Ansari is blogging.

Apparently there is no Internet aboard the spacecraft, so she'll be offline for a while in transit to the ISS.

The launch is going live on NASA TV shortly. I'm going to pour a glass of wine and sit back to watch it.
 
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