A couple of months ago, the routine pictures Curiosity takes of its wheels (to inspect for damage) showed that there was a small stone caught up in the hollow wheel and traveling along with the rover on Mars.
Today they showed that it was still there:
Long day, long week, too much adrenaline.
Closing up the office, cleaning crew already come and gone, heading toward the door, I noticed something bright off to the east.
I’m betting if I were up there looking back down here, I wouldn’t be wishing that I were down here.
The first edges of a storm were moving in this afternoon, drifting through the bluest of blue skies and fighting with the quarter-full daytime moon.
Moments like this are why I love having a high-quality digital camera in my pocket just about 24/7. The fact that it can also be used as a supercomputer and a phone are just gravy.
…and I guarantee I won’t see a single one of them!
Magnitude -3.7? That’s like 747-on-final-approach bright!
72° peak above the horizon? Nice & high, trivially easy to spot!
Almost six minutes from horizon to horizon? SWEET!
Rising at 5:07 AM? My ass will be warm, comfy, and ASLEEP IN BED!
As Dirty Harry said, “A man’s got to know his limitations!”
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It’s only forty light-years away! I’m ready to go!!