Mars Rovers

Time for a Mars update! First, both peripatetic rovers are still going strong almost two years after they landed!! Opportunity is on the edge of Victoria Crater. Spirit is has been all over the Columbia Hills. It gets better! The new Mars Reconnaissance orbiter snapped a photo of Opportunity from space. The resolution is good enough to see the little guy’s shadow!

And Mars Recon is the new kid in orbit. Mars Odyssey and Mars Express have been sending back high resolution photos for several years already.

The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman

With America “at war” on several fronts, I was stimulated to recall this wonderful and important book by the eminent historian Barbara Tuchman. The first line says it all…

A phenomenon noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests.

More Tuchman Quotations…

Julia Belle Swain and John Hartford

While vacationing on the Mississippi River we noticed this small steam-powered riverboat called the Julia Belle Swain. That name seemed very familiar. Then I recalled a John Hartford song by the same name (from his 1976 album Mark Twang). Sure enough, this was the very boat he piloted and sang about!

Mark Twain published his description of Life on the Mississippi in 1883.