Wednesday, November 21, 2018

InSight In Sight

And now for something more uplifting than politics:

Mars is about to get its first U.S. visitor in years: a three-legged, one-armed geologist designed to dig deep and stake out quakes. NASA's InSight makes its grand entrance on Monday after a six-month, 300 million-mile journey.

Mission Timeline Overview

I can't wait.

SQUEEEE! (couldn't find an emoji for nerdy joy)


Jan said...

I didn't know about this, now I can't wait. Mars is my second favorite planet.

cube said...

Jan: Lol. Mine too! We have so much in common.

LL said...

Nobody really asked permission to land. We're sort of like illegal aliens with higher tech than the Martians. Which is a good thing. I remember the documentary film, "Mars Attacks" and though it ended well, the American way of life was certainly threatened.

I'm currently reading a novel, set on Mars: THIN AIR, by Richard K. Morgan (who also wrote the Altered Carbon series) I'm about half way through. Good story.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the rest of your family, Cube.

Sandee said...

I can't wait either. It's a good thing and it will yield all kinds of new information.

Have a fabulous day and a very happy Thanksgiving. ♥

cube said...

LL: We are the Lunars and we are the Martians so we get to say where the wall is built.

I'm a big fan of science fiction, but don't have much patience for unicorns, forests and magic fantasies. Hard core science fiction is more my style, but I do suspend disbelief now and then. The last good Mars book I read was "Mars Red" by Kim Stanley Robinson.

I'm always curious about what an author reads so let me know how your current read progresses.

Wishing you and your family a fantastic Thanksgiving.

LL said...

I just ordered Mars Red (Kindle). I'll let you know my take on it.

cube said...

LL: It's a trilogy. Mars isn't only Red, but it's Blue and Green, dontcha know.

Z said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Cube and family!
We're THIRTY at the Aunt and Uncle's (pray for me!)
FIVE kids under five yrs old :-) 3 of them BOYS!
Fun Fun Fun!
Sending love...xx

messymimi said...

Watching exporation on other planets is much more fun than politics. This is going to be good.

DaBlade said...

Andy Weir's The Martian book was fantastic. It's cliche', I know, but so much better than that Matt Damon hatchet job movie. His follow up, Artemis, takes place on the moon and doesn't involve growing potatoes in the hero's own feces, so not as good. I'll have to check out these other ones between you and LL. And who doesn't like Remote Control Cars on Mars? Hitler. That's who doesn't. Happy Thanksgiving weekend to the cubes!

cube said...

Z: Thirty guests? And five under fiver years of age. Oh, I hope you survived 😉 I know your family knows how to put on a beautiful spread of delicious food so a little child-herding is well worth it.

We had a quiet dinner with just the four of us. Our eldest added two dishes to our traditional menu. Perfect company and perfect food.

cube said...

Messymimi: I feel the same way. I'll be going to my space sources for updates on Monday. My fingers are crossed for an easy peasy landing.

cube said...

DaBlade: I can't stand Matt Damon (or his buttboy Affleck for that matter) and didn't like "The Martian" as a result. With a few rare exceptions, the books are better than the movies, especially if the star is a vocal liberal pain in the butt.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to the chatterers!

cube said...

I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid, but can you imagine a six-month long journey of 300 million miles with a kid on board whining, "Are we there yet?" I'd be looking at the wrong side of an airlock before touch down.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Cool! Thanks I love NASA stuff.