I am currently reading Roving Mars by Steve Squyres, a professor of astronomy at Cornell University. (In all honesty I am actually listening to the book on CD, which is a great way to pass the time driving around MN). So it is a timely coincidence that Mars Spirit is in the news. The original mission design for Mars Spirit called for a 3-month lifetime. After almost 6 years, it appears that Mars Spirit might finally end its mission. Its tragic fate? Getting stuck in the sand. Even in its precarious position, Spirit has made a new discovery finding sulfates within its sand trap. So please, raise a glass for Mars Spirit.

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04 January 2010