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Not as easy as it looks

21 October 2016

NASA has landed an awful lot of craft on different worlds and has had only a few failures.

The overwhelming success of the Martian rovers is perhaps the best example of how a dedicated team of experts, when given enough funding and time, can achieve what would have been just a dream, only a decade or two ago.

That the rovers Spirit and Opportunity continued to operate far beyond their designed lifetime and gave us such a huge insight into the red planet has left many folk, including myself, truly astounded.

Then, to actually deliver the massive Curiosity rover safely to the surface of Mars and have it trundle about for over four years just leaves one's jaw even closer to the floor.

Such a shame the Europeans can't seem to do the same.



Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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