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Sunday, May 25, 2008
 
Live From Mars!

The Phoenix Mars Lander has broadcast a more-or-less constant stream of messages
since landing 2 hours ago. These can be read at http://twitter.com/MarsPhoenix

This is the first instance of a NASA mission maintaining its own blog in near real time. Now that's Science Fiction!

Twitter for those of you not in the know is a micro-blogging service that allows you to post SMS or Instant Messenger messages to a central service that allows your friends to follow what you are up to. A perfect tool for an exciting extra-planetary event like this.

Happy Memorial Holiday everyone!

Nigel

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Saturday, July 21, 2007
 
This photo of Mt. Everest was taken from the Space Shuttle Atlantis (Mission STS-37) in April of 1991. Fifty four years ago, Kiwi Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, were the first to scale Earth's highest point. I believe they stuck around on the summit for only 15 minutes. These days I think you can't even stay this long due to the continual line of other Everest wannabes waiting patiently behind you.

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