Re: SPACE/NEWS: Mars Polar Lander may be found (intact!)

From: Michael Lorrey (
Date: Wed Mar 21 2001 - 06:52:51 MST

Spike Jones wrote:
> "Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> > This story here:
> >
> > reports that the Mars Polar Lander may have been found sitting
> > on its legs. Future confirmation is needed, but this puts
> > an interesting spin on Faster, Better, Cheaper... Robert
> My bogosity meter is pegged. You know the size of the
> lander, approximately, and you know how to do diffraction
> limit calcs to determine the best possible resolution for
> a given size mirror. Exercise for the reader: assuming
> the closest approach of earth to Mars, what is the very
> best resolution available to a "super spy agency" which
> would presumably be operating from this planet, assuming
> a 20 meter diameter mirror?
> Ignore for the moment that Earth and Mars have not
> had a close approach recently. spike

I thought the spy agency was going over photos from the Mars Global
Surveyor with its photo analysts.

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