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Sunday, August 05, 2012

  Wheels down on mars!

After all these years I can hardly stand to sit through the last stages of a landing - everything has already happened, all you can wait for is news of success... or await the silence and questions that followed for months on all the unsuccessful missions, like the mars polar lander, and Beagle2...

This time tho, the cheers rang out, in mission control, with the 600+ people in the theaters here tonight, and no doubt on web streams and television rooms throughout the globe, after the mission controller cried out:

"We are safe on mars!

... We continue to recieve telemetry from mars. We're safe."

I've had this song running through my head all night.

and...

"We've got wheels down on mars!"

 
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