Mars Rover Opportunity is still knocking

August 10, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

As reported by The Independent, the Mars rover called Opportunity is still up and running (unlike its companion rover, Spirit, which stopped sending signals last year). And there is still a lot to explore, including a huge crater at which Opportunity has just arrived. This is an incredible story and a laudable accomplishment for the many scientists who have worked behind the scenes.

At least, it’s a laudable story for those of us who still appreciate first-rate science. This inspiring story of the Mars rovers makes it all the more frustrating that every year the U.S. spends as much money air conditional soldiers’ tents in Iraq and Afghanistan ($20 B), as it spends every year for the entire budget of NASA.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Dan Klarmann says:

    First, I have to share this (with tacit permission):
    XKCD: Spirit

  2. Dan Klarmann says:

    Second, here is a lot more detail from the Starts With A Bang blog: The Lifetime of an Opportunity
    Many cool images, and maps, and descriptions.

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