What follows are the better of the Pathfinder quickies I've received. Your mileage may vary - ed. = = = = = = = From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Laurence Gordon) Subject: Mars Pathfinder renamed The Mars Pathfinder was renamed today in honor of the late Astronomer, Carl Sagan. The craft will henceforth be referred to as BHA Memorial Station. = = = = = = = From: Richard_Vireday@ccm.jf.intel.com (Richard Vireday) Organization: Intel Corporation Subject: NASA gets indications of life on Mars It is not conclusive yet, but the NASA believes the Mars Pathfinder has found proof of life on Mars. The CD player was stolen. = = = = = = = From: email@example.com (henrik 'boris grishenko' gudat) Subject: Pathfinder Nasa just disclosed details why the Rover wouldn't accept any commands. They took a picture of the Rover's built-in display which showed a Windows screen and the text "press any key to continue". = = = = = = = From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Goodge) Subject: Mars Landing So the Sojourner vehicle is finally rolling around Mars, after initial problems with the control software. According to press reports, Mission Control solved the problem by "resetting the modem overnight." A spokesman is quoted as saying "this seems to have fixed whatever it was that wasn't working." In other words, they hadn't a clue what to do, so they switched it off and on again. = = = = = = = From: email@example.com (Jonathan Nicholson) Subject: Mars Explorer One question has bugged me, how did they get it to land the right way up? The answer is obvious, it's applied Murphy's law, they covered one side with butter. = = = = = = = From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Comeau @ Space Telescope Science Institute) Subject: A little Pathfinder music... Recently the Hubble Space Telescope* conducted a series of observations of Mars, to monitor dust storm clouds and other seasonal phenomena on Mars. Some of these observations were taken in parallel with observations of the Martian atmosphere from below by the Imager for Mars Pathfinder (IMP) from the Sagan Memorial Station. Which led to one Institute staffer softly singing: I've looked at clouds From both sides now From up and down And still somehow... ------------- (*Science operations for HST are conducted for NASA by the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is where I work. MPF, of course, is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.) = = = = = = = From: email@example.com (Robert Simons) Subject: Pathfinder's Provider Despite the near flawless achievements of NASA's Pathfinder Mission, two things caught my eye: * There was a potentially significant modem synchronizing problem between Sojourner and Pathfinder early on in the mission. * The first images the Mars Pathfinder transmitted back to Earth came at a mere 2,250 bps. Perhaps the scientists at JPL should use a local internet provider instead of relying America Online, eh? = = = = = = = From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas V. Kadavanich) Subject: The new NASA After the rousing success of the Pathfinder landing, NASA has decided to install airbags on Mir as well.
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