Back to Mars

Joseph Bento joseph at
Mon May 26 11:44:54 CDT 2008

There used to be a time when ham radio operators were at the forefront  
of technology.  This lander probably has a five watt or so  
transmitter, and look at the quality of the images returned from 400  
million miles away!  Makes a terrestrial DX contact seem a bit  
meaningless.  Of course NASA has a bit of an advantage in the antenna  
department.  Not everyone can have acres of large parabolics at home.   
Wouldn't it be exciting to have these guy's jobs?

I remember the airbags!  Didn't Viking II bounce around a bit prior to  
settling down?

Joe, N6DGY
Pleasant Grove, UT

On May 26, 2008, at 5:00 AM, Philip Miller Tate wrote:

> First successful soft landing on Mars (without airbags) since 1976:
> Phil M1GWZ
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