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"Mars is there, waiting to be reached" -- Buzz Aldrin

For four years now I have been fascinated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's efforts to send data-collecting rovers to Mars. http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/ It's all thanks to Mark Davis's fantastic documentary "Mars Dead or Alive" that I saw right after the 2004 launch of the two rovers, "Opportunity" and "Spirit". (Oh how I wish NASA was more creative in its naming of space craft.) The documentary showed the incredible ingenuity and determination of the team creating the rovers, and the emotional roller coaster of the launches and subsequent successful landings. The tension and delight were truly contagious. It struck me while I was watching the scientists meet these overwhelming challenges with such smart and optimistic solutions...that this was one of those things that make humans truly remarkable. The ability to create a sensitive scientific machine that will collapse, survive a launch into outer space, hurtle towards its target 3…

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