Daily Archives: April 19, 2011

  • The Daily Countdown

    I will do my best to give a rundown of the top 3 space/science news stories of the day, with some nugget at the end. This is the first of those posts.

    3… The morning saw the sad, sad news that attempts to revive Spirit – the first Mars Exploration Rover – were ending. But the cliche “led a long, full life” may never have been more appropriate. Spirit landed on January 4, 2004. It’s primary mission was scheduled to end 90 days later on April 3, 2004. However, the rover continued operating well past that deadline – even dragging one

  • Slipping the Surly Bonds of Earth

    Slipping the Surly Bonds of Earth. Scientists often debate the wisdom and value of sending humans into space. Images like this drive home the immensity and grandeur of the endeavor, irrespective of the arguments.