Thursday, January 22, 2004

Everyone is affected by the weather, even space probes:
Rain in Australia could continue to delay signals that instruct the Spirit rover to drill into a Mars rock, a milestone for NASA missions on the Red Planet. The six-wheeled robot on Thursday or Friday is to grind away a tiny area of the weathered face of a sharply angled rock dubbed Adirondack. Examination of the rock beneath could offer clues to Mars' geologic past. But on Wednesday, NASA scientists said a thunderstorm near a Deep Space Network antenna in Canberra, Australia disrupted controllers' efforts to initiate the drilling
(from Associated Press, via Yahoo News).

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