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These guys are awesome

Wednesday, January 04, 2006
I saw this article on CNN.com (and heard about it on NPR.) Apparently the rovers we have on Mars are still going after two years.

I just want to put this in perspective, because I think it's amazing.

I mean, I have trouble putting a basketball into a basket that's 10 feet away. These guys landed TWO rovers on a planet MILLIONS of miles away, and they're controlling it. Check out this quote:
In November, a motor on Opportunity's robotic arm stalled and the arm failed to extend while it was surveying a rock outcrop. The engineers fixed that problem after two weeks.

These guys at NASA (should I call them rocket scientists?) fixed a robotic arm that - AT BEST - is 34 million miles away. I can't fix a leaky faucet with the right tools, and they hacked up a fix for something they can't see or touch in real time!

Sigh... I wish I could have worked for NASA...

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