Snip from WaPo / LA Times report:
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) completed a flawless 310-million-mile trip Friday to sweep smartly into orbit around Mars, dropping out of radio contact behind the planet for a nail-biting half hour, then re-emerging on schedule.
"Look at that!" yelled one engineer at Mission Control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Right on the money!" another shouted.
"It was picture-perfect," Project Manager Jim Graf told NASA television. "We couldn't have scripted it any better. It reappeared from behind Mars almost to the second."
(...) The 2-ton, school bus-size probe carries the largest telescope ever launched beyond Earth's orbit, and researchers hope it will provide surface pictures of unusual resolution and clarity, imaging items as small as a foot across.
. Image (Phil McCarten/AP): Jim Graf, standing, project manager for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, smiles amid the celebratory reaction Friday at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (Thanks, John Parres!
Reader comment: In related news, JP adds:
The Google logo contains a telescope, martians and Mars. It links here, appropriately, after NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully entered orbit around Mars this weekend Visitors can check out landing sites, craters and mountains. I can't wait to see what we will all be able to see when the MRO starts sending high resolution pictures back to Earth later this year!
This looks like the first public result of the Google/NASA relationship announced in September.
Google blog on Google Mars: Link.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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