How Spirit got there

Poor little Spirit isn’t working anymore (so far as we know), but this is how he got there!

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5 Responses to How Spirit got there

  1. Andreas says:

    Yes, this was an incredible achievement where all of the knowledge, skills and abilities of so many came together to carry out this remarkable mission. I recall now being quite moved by this and as well when the Curiosity rover made its successful landing. At that time I wrote, ” The incredible complexity of this entry and landing…the magnificence of what Man can accomplish through his intellect, technology and drive and dreams, even whilst surrounded by those many self-made madnesses that in these moments of triumph pale in their importance. Relish this grand accomplishment, for it shows us our very best side.”

  2. Art says:

    You can now have your name programmed into a microchip on InSight, NASA’s next Mars lander, scheduled to be launched next year. Deadline: 9/8/2015

    http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/insight/

  3. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Speaking of Mars and “the magnificence of what Man can accomplish through his intellect, technology and drive and dreams,” are you(-all) looking forward to the film of Andy Weir’s The Martian in a month or so? I’m about half way through the book and thoroughly enjoying it (though the movie will apparently have the advantage of the sadly authentically ‘bad language’ being tempered in pursuit of a rating for a wider audience)!

  4. SKAY says:

    I could not wait to see the pictures. It was just amazing to me. My children and grandchildren, on the other hand, just seemed to take it for granted. Just another space flight and this one landed on Mars. : )
    We are a long way from the sputnik wake up call.

  5. iamlucky13 says:

    The book Roving Mars, by principal scientist Steve Squyres is a well-worthwhile read about the Mars Exploration Rovers and their development for any space nerd.

    Also, Spirit is out of contact and has been presumed dead for the last 5-1/2 years, but her sibling Opportunity is still actively doing science operations, a robust 4,128 days into her 90 day mission.