Congratulations, Spirit Rover

Proof of intelligent life on Mars

I actually got side-tracked by the Cassini-Huygens mission. What originally caught my attention was news of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission‘s successful landing and Spirit’s initial relay of photographs from the martial surface. Hopefully tomorrow there will be color images to appreciate.

Update (1/6/2004): the first color image is released.
Update (2/20/2004): insightful article on why Spirit ran into trouble–or was this the reason?

The quality of imagery today compared to the state-of-the art back when I was in grade school is awesome. Funny thing is that it will likely be taken for granted by my son when he learns about our solar system, etc.