Long Lasting Machine Moons

  • As Phil Plait reports, the Spirit Mars rover has now exceeded its expected lifetime by a factor of ten. Who said they don't build things to last anymore?

  • The Planetary Society Blog has a pretty picture, designed to contrast the colour and size of Saturn's moons.
One of my favourite lines in the Spongebob Squarepants Movie is "and some other third thing." Posting just two links seems unwholesome somehow, so, to compare to the Saturnian moons above, an image of Jupiter's four Galilean moons, my personal favourites of all moons, and dream holiday destination:

(Source, with higher resolution version.)


susanna said...

They are beautiful, aren't they? The second moon looks like it contains life. I like your comment that these moons are a dream holiday destination. That would be pretty incredible.

Pacian said...

The second moon looks like it contains life.

Not sure how much you already know about Europa, but in case you don't know, there is evidence suggesting it has liquid water beneath its icy surface, and it's generally considered the best known candidate for extraterrestrial life.

You should perhaps look for a job with NASA...