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August 6, 2012
A Brief Word From Mars
I was up late last night, watching the folks at JPL celebrate the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity. (And needless to say, I was glad to see that the elaborate landing technology worked so well, as opposed to the back-up technique of "lithobraking", which is reliable but a bit hard on the equipment). I'm looking forward to seeing updates on Martian chemistry for the next few years.
And since we are well into the 21st century, it's only fitting and proper that we have a laser-firing, nuclear-powered robot rolling around on Mars. On to Europa, Titan, and Enceladus!
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