MSL Mission Animation

The Mars Science Laboratory will launch late this year, sometime around the end of November, or early December. It’s the largest rover that JPL has ever sent to Mars, and also the most expensive. Just about everyone I know at JPL has worked on some aspect of MSL at one point or another, myself included.

The sequence of events for Entry, Descent and Landing is incredibly complex, as you can see in the latest animation video that JPL put out.

Photo Collection From Endeavour STS-134

The Atlantic’s In Focus page has a photo collection from Endeavour’s last flight, STS-134. The photos are amazing. I particularly love the ones of the Shuttle in space, with the long-exposure of the earth beneath.

I flew down to Florida to try to watch the launch of STS-134 in May. Alas, the initial launch date was scrubbed due to heater electrical problems. My wife and I spent all of 2 days in Florida, mostly driving and sitting out in Titusville. Love the adventure, hated to miss the launch.