The most recent and sophisticated of the number space probes sent from Earth to Mars landed on the Red Planet five weeks ago, continuing a remarkable record of exploration of our fascinating neighbor.
While most of Earth has been mapped out (at least the parts on land), Mars and the rest of the multi-billion-light-year vast cosmos have remained almost completely unknown until the last 40 years. (I’m wondering if some future “blog” writer a century from now will say the same about the 40 years preceding her post — statements about current knowledge being relative to the past.)
The accelerated pace of discovery is a result of powerful technologies, from space-based telescope arrays connected to huge data processing engines, to nuclear powered mobile science “robots” searching for signs of life. The Mars Curiosity Rover that now makes our neighbor another part of our connected digital world is the most recent…
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