And we can resume breathing now … 1

Hitting a moving target is always a challenge. Hitting one — or rather NOT hitting one — that is millions of kilometers away is a bigger challenge. This time, NASA was up to the task. Its latest robot probe to Mars survived orbital insertion today, and can begin its detailed scrutiny of the martian surface.

The cliffhanger in these maneuvers always seems to happen on the blindside of the planet or moon in question, where radio signals from earth cannot go. So space probe teams always anxiously await the A-OK signals from their babies with bated breath. If you have ever seen the movie Apollo 13, you can get a sense of what I mean.

Details about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are here, among other places.

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One comment on “And we can resume breathing now …

  1. Reply Casimir Jul 26,2011 5:48 pm

    Can’t wait for the movie to come out. I’ve read all four books. So can’t wait to see more of the werewolves. Team Jacob. But I also love Edward. Team Edward. Nah, werewolves are more of my thing though.

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