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Topic: Other things I have found puzzling...

From: Joe
Location: at the moment in New Brunswick...
Date: 04/10/2010

When I look at the history of the Mars landings I am always bothered by the fact they never landed on the Martian icecaps...I suppose the reason is the landing trajectories to do so where just a bit too complex to be done with the Mars approach vector the spacecraft had for achieving a Mars orbit arriving from planet Earth...maybe someday.

Re: Other things I have found puzzling...

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/07/2010

Actually, the Mars Polar Lander crashed and was destroyed in 1999. We were in Pasadena at the time--a rather gloomy day!

Re: Other things I have found puzzling...

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 05/07/2010

An additional gloom was that it crashed on a Friday, and the organizers of Planetfest were counting on success to bring in people over the weekend. I recall seeing Louis Freidman looking positively ashen. Some compensation was provided by seeing full-scale prop vehicles from Disney's "Mission to Mars"--and by hearing Greg Bear speak!

Re: Other things I have found puzzling...

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/07/2010

Also, we met Donna Shirley there, and have loved working with her since.

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