Daily Illuminator

January 6, 2004: Go, Bot, Go!

We've all been watching Spirit with glee and admiration. Isn't it wonderful when something works? Especially something that important and that downright COOL.

NASA's self-coverage has been good, too. The animations of the landing sequence were excellent . . . and by the day after landing they'd intercut them with scenes from the control room to create an instant documentary. The way they caught the hush when Spirit bounced and went silent . . . and the joy when it started broadcasting again 15 minutes later . . . was incredible.

Those of us hanging out in Pyramid chat spent a lot of time thinking of names for future pairs of landers, but in the spirit of post-holiday benevolence I won't share any of them.
-- Steve Jackson

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