MSL-of-a-trip

Well, that’s one heck of a to-do list to check off.

MSL (the Mars Science Laboratory rover) is successfully on that difficult red planet.  Not in pieces, not implanted energetically, and not tipped on one side, either.  I, like a lot of people, need some sleep.  Here are the press kits; NASA prepares these kits so, at press conferences, people don’t ask the same questions over and over again. 

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/pdfs/MSLLaunch.pdf

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/pdfs/MSLLanding.pdf

You’ll see the landing procedure was giving a lot of people sleepless nights and bad stomachs, but everything seems to have worked out.  The next week or three will be spent checking all rover systems, getting the lay of the landing zone, calibrating the instruments, etc. before selecting a route and driving off. I’ll be able to post more in that warmup period.

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