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    Perserverance Rover to Land on Mars Today

    2:55 CT. I still can’t believe we’re landing stuff on Mars in my lifetime. and with working batteries too! Amazing! I guess there wasn’t any non ethanol gas on mars so they decided on renewables?

    Anyways, this is gonna be a cool mission to a cool valley. amazing how they can have already mapped most of the surface of the planet.

    Who’dathunkit?

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    Watched the whole thing, even found myself holding my breath.
    What was hard to believe was watching the control room manned by kids, I mean I think the mean age of the staff must be in their 20's.
    Damn amazing feat,
    The older I get, the better I was. I also forget my password and have to have Len reset it for me

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    Found something interesting about this rover. They learned solar panels didn't work that great due to the dust on Mars, so this Rover is powered by a small nuclear reactor. Just amazing chit !!!
    The older I get, the better I was. I also forget my password and have to have Len reset it for me

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    I wonder if they can wrap the blades in tinfoil, then set up solar wind turbines?
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness" - Mark Twain

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    With a reactor its no telling how long that rover will last. Like an old chevy.

    I watched it too. Spot on. Hats off to Jim Bridenstine from right chere in Owasso Oklahoma. He was a good NASA chief. I was kind of hoping Biden would keep him on but he resigned before the end of Trumps term.

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    I talked to my nephew in Houston yesterday and asked him if he’d lost power. He said that’s one thing he NEVER worries about and has never lost power. When I asked why, he said he’s on the same grid as NASA.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness" - Mark Twain

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    Interesting story about some ‘easter eggs’ hidden on Perseverance.

    BKB

    https://www.space.com/perseverance-r...message-solved
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    This week they’ll start the Ingenuity project to fly the helicopter drone on Mars.

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    https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/
    Viva Renaldo!

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