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23 April 2012

The Joys of Fake Geology

Well, I survived Operational Readiness Test 8 (ORT)! Prior to this week, my only experience with rover operations was as payload downlink lead (PDL) for the color cameras on the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER). I joined MER well into the extended mission, when all of the bugs had been worked out and the planning process was very efficient and streamlined. My day as a Pancam PDL is pretty easy: take …

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2 July 2011

Spectacular Space Shuttle Photo Retrospective

I’ve been known in the past to be down on the Space Shuttle. After all, it is incredibly expensive, unsafe, and never lived up to the promise inherent in the name “shuttle”. But there’s no denying that it’s still a spectacular machine that, for better or worse, has been the face of human space exploration for 30 years. July 8 is set to be the final launch of the shuttle program, and the Atlantic’s photo-blog “In Focus” has a beautiful pictorial history of the shuttle that is well worth checking out.

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