REAL SCIENCE: How To Get To Mars

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This is the film depicting how the rover Spirit got to Mars, and the tense moments at JPL waiting to find out whether the seven-month voyage ended in success or failure.




Even though Spirit is only a machine, I got choked up watching it slowly unfold from its protective coccoon, and open its eyes for the first time on the Martian landscape.  Then it started sending a signal...and didn't stop talking for six years.  Not bad for a robot designed to last for only ninety days.  Its twin, Opportunity, based on the other side of the planet, is still active and sending back data.


The animations in this sequence are terrific, they really give you a sense of "being there."