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Friday, January 14, 2005

congratulations huygens team

may your data be clean.

posted by roj at 11:32 am  

Friday, November 5, 2004

mars defense forces jumpstart opportunity

according to the october 21 mission status, the opportunity rover is getting more juice than expected – much more.

Since early September, the amount of electricity from Opportunity’s solar panels has increased markedly and unexpectedly, to more than 700 watt-hours per day, a level not seen since the first 10 weeks of the mission.

“We’ve been surprised but pleased to see this increase,” said Erickson, “The team is evaluating ways to determine which of a few different theories is the best explanation.”

Possible explanations under consideration include the action of wind removing some dust from the solar panels or the action of frost causing dust to clump. “We seem to have had several substantial cleanings of the solar panels,” Erickson said.

clark hoskin figured this one out in 1997

posted by roj at 5:51 am  

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

et write home

yesterday, maciej posted his audioblogging manifesto, and it’s gotten some pretty good traction around the echo chamber of the blogosphere.

i, on the other hand, have to be different. i’m not going to mash it or quote it or transcribe it. no, i’m going to get all scientific on you instead.

Writing, rather than phoning, is probably the best way to contact extraterrestrials, American scientists said on Wednesday.

(more from national geographic here).

of course, professor rose is talking about an entirely different issue [with free comic!]. it vaguely reminds me of a consulting gig long ago where i recommended fedex and backup tapes over a terribly expensive data link option, and the “netflix moves more data every day than the whole internet” story. anyway, back to the original point:

audioblogging for aliens is silly.

and it’s all scientifical and stuff.

posted by roj at 3:18 pm  

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

godspeed, messenger

congratulations on a safe launch, nasa.

posted by roj at 6:00 am  

Thursday, July 8, 2004

pushing for more mars

the bbc is reporting that the mars exploration rover team is trying to make the case for an extended extended mission beyond the 250-sol current extended mission.

the plan is to basically park the machines and turn them into weather stations through the martian winter, then kick them back into gear in the summer when there’s more daylight available.

posted by roj at 10:55 am  

Thursday, July 1, 2004

congratulations cassini

have a great time out there….

posted by roj at 12:13 am  

Saturday, April 17, 2004

southern astrophysical research telescope dedicated

i don’t think this counts as first-light, and the site needs a lot of work, but it’s a 14-foot mirror, and the potential end of hubble, this new science widget is probably worth noting. good luck down there.

posted by roj at 5:53 pm  

Friday, April 9, 2004

roll on rovers

asa has apparently approved extended missions for the mars exploration rovers, with a $15 million budget and operations through september.

keep your heads down, my martian friends.

posted by roj at 8:13 pm  

Thursday, October 16, 2003

welcome home, Yang Liwei

posted by roj at 1:06 am  

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

i’m ready for my closeup, mr. hubble

the space telescipe science institute (the people that bring you hubble data) have released a new set of mars images.

hmmm. it didn’t look much like that from my back yard….

posted by roj at 8:37 am  

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