Just too cool stuff

I remain a real fan of the Mars Rover missions.  One of the readers here, who works for NASA actually sent me a Spirit mission patch!

Poor Spirit… sniff.

Opportunity is still chugging along.

I tune in once in a while to the live Ustream cam at NASA’s JPL to watch them build Curiosity, the next Rover.   Very cool.

A screenshot:


Look at the action!  The drama!

Also… on the tech line still… I had a positive development.

Since upgrading the software that powers this blog, I haven’t been able to use the WordPress app to post to this blog from my iPhone.  However, just for the heck of it, I tried an older version of the app still on my phone which had stopped working.  I found that it works again!   Go figure.

The newer version? Goose-egg.

Nihil innovetur!


Also for your Just Too Cool file, Fr. Finigan found something very cool.

Check here.

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  1. benedetta says:

    Have a big fan of Spirit and Opportunity in our household. Watched a great IMAX movie awhile back all about the rovers, the process of the building and their capabilities and the mission. But never tuned in to this livestream for Curiosity, thanks for the tip!

  2. irishgirl says:

    I went over to Fr. Tim’s blog–and yes, what he showed WAS VERRRY COOL! What will they think of next? ‘Back to the Future’….
    BTW, Fr. Z (and everyone else)-today is the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. One of the astronauts who died, Gregory Jarvis, was from my Upstate NY area. May he and his fellow crew members who perished on that awful day, rest in peace.
    As President Reagan so memorably said, ‘They slipped the surly bonds of earth, to touch the Face of God.’

  3. Bryan Boyle says:

    @Irishgirl (and all…)

    Thank you for the reminder…was in the control room at ABC Radio…and saved this snippet for the archives…

    Audio transcription from ABC Radio of that launch and events as it happened.

    Vic Ratner at the cape (my good friend Bill was his audio engineer) and Bob Walker in the NY studio (I was the console op for him that day).

    The voyage of exploration is not without risks. Vessels are only safe if they remain in harbor, but that’s not what they are built for.

    RIP all who’ve given their lives in the pursuit of exploring new frontiers.

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