University of California, Berkeley
College of Chemistry home:
The College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley has one
of the top-ranked departments in the country with research in
all fields of chemistry.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena is mission
control for the current Mars Exploration Rover. JPL is NASA's
center for robotic exploration of the solar system.
Link to the MER mission page:
The twin Mars Exploration Rovers were launched
on June 10th and July 13th, 2003. Both successfully landed
on Mars in January 2004 and are currently looking for signs of
past water on Mars.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego
Founded in 1903, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
is one the largest centers for marine science research
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's
Missions are to understand and protect our home planet, explore
the universe and search for life, and inspire the next generation
Mars Dead or Alive:
An excellent, comprehensive site explaining the
science behind the current MER goals, detailed discussion of
the launch to landing process and the challenges involved, as
well as links to Mars images and animations.
Link to more comprehensive schedule
of upcoming planetary missions:
Description of these missions,
as well as links to missions past:
JOKES AND CARTOONS
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Recently release image of Spirit shows definite signs of teenage life on Mars
Springtime on Mars 2020 Video Link
When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, it took the astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training. One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew walking among the rocks. The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question. His son translated for the NASA people: “What are these guys in the big suits doing?” One of the astronauts said that they were practicing for a trip to the moon. When his son relayed this comment the Navajo elder got all excited and asked if it would be possible to give the astronauts a message to deliver to the moon. Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, “Why certainly!” and told an underling to get a tape recorder.
The Navajo elder’s comments into the microphone were brief. The NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had said. The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he refused to translate. So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and loudly, but also refused to translate the elders’ message to the moon.
An official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing, the translator relayed the message:
“WATCH OUT FOR THESE ASSHOLES. THEY HAVE COME TO STEAL YOUR LAND.”
Panoramas.dk (Images provided by NASA and JPL)
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