Re: Mars Polar Lander

Robert J. Bradbury (
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 16:24:57 -0800 (PST)

On Sat, 4 Dec 1999 wrote:

> How frustrating! These sites were hours and hours out of date. The JPL
> site at 6 PM Friday had only an update from 1 PM saying that the first
> window had been silent, no mention of the second one even though it
> was three hours old. And the UCLA site had no mention whatsoever of
> mission status.

Well Hal, the problem is that you have people in the loop rather than just machines. I can't offer you pictures of the weather on Mars but I can offer you pictures of another very interesting spot. Try:

The image is rarely more than a few minutes out of date and on those very rare clear days you can see a very large volcano. I realize that it isn't quite as big as Olympus Mons, but what can I do on a planet that has water erosion to contend with.

Sorry I can offer you more, but I don't do miracles until someone forks over the nanoassembler controls.