Thursday, May 29, 2008


I've been pretty preoccupied with our lovely red neighbor for the past few weeks. Things are really happening, and I'm having a hard time taking it all in. For those of you who are interested, here are my favorite resources.

The official site at University of Arizona. See all of the pictures, read all of the news.

NASA's coverage, but be careful or you'll get all excited about the other stuff that's going on.

For up-to-the-minute coverage, Mars Live does a good job. (They also do Twitter, which is handy when I'm away from my computer.)

For help digesting what's going on, I like Emily at the Planetary Society.

And, when I want to see some pretty pics and a succinct explanation that captures the wonder of it all, I visit the Bad Astronomer. He writes about all kinds of other interesting things, too.

I am loving the pictures sent back by the orbiters. It is absolutely amazing to me that we have machines orbiting a distant planet that can take pictures of another machine as it lands and now that it's landed. It's hard not to be excited.