mars

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Rosetta’s Mars flyby successfull

The Mars flyby of Rosetta went well. During the process, it took some pictures. An intriguing one shows a picture of Mars from approximately 1000 km height, with parts of the spacecraft in view:  …


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Rosetta’s in the Swing

ESA’s spacecraft Rosetta is going to swing. Swing by Mars, that is. Tomorrow it will pass Mars at a mere distance of 250 km. That’s comparable to the height of a Space Shuttle around Earth,…


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Marv’s the Martian

An introduction to the planets for kids. Watch how the Sun has a beanie. Never knew! And Mars – that isn’t Mars, this is Mars. Weird – what’s that with Neptune? And Uranus is misplaced…


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Mars sunset

Adding to the previous post, there was also a contest for the most beautiful picture taken by the Mars rovers. Here’s the outcome, and that’s a good one. I used it as a desktop background…


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Mars holding its breath.

It’s raining. Following from that it’s a. overcast and b. stars are not visible. Lucky you if it’s different with you. What can I do? Sit inside doing nothing. I’d better look at my PC…


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A scene from history

Today is my birthday. 46 years ago the skies looked like this at the time of my birth. Moon (upper right), Mars (dark red, upper left) and Orion (middle left) ahoy!


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A sad robot’s tale

This is a sad story of a small robot all on its own, wandering around, desperately looking for contact. It could well be a tragic SF-story, but it isn’t. In 1997 Mars Pathfinder landed on…