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Opportunity

January 22nd, 2013 by John Mansfield

There’s a nice little AP article marking the nine years since Opportunity landed on Mars. In the years since, the rover has traversed 22 miles. Coincidentally, the astronauts of Apollo 17 also drove their rover 22 miles during their three days on the lunar surface forty years ago. Fender repairs using map pages, duct tape, and (very importantly) gloved hands were part of those three days. Remote probes’ computers are reprogrammed frequently to compensate for degrading systems, but it’s not quite the same thing.

Lunar Body Repair

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January 22nd, 2013 10:37:02
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John Mansfield
January 23, 2013

Hmm. The Apollo 17 crew return to earth on Dec. 19, 1972. One month later Roe v. Wade is handed down, and men never venture beyond near earth orbit again.

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