26 January 2004

The Continuing Saga of Bungalow Spirit

I don't know why I'm so fired up about these rovers. Actually, scratch that, I do know why. I've had a love affair with NASA since I was a little kid and now that I've strayed from the career path that might've led me to work there I can only enjoy their excitement vicariously.

Seems like this weekend was a big win for the whole team: Opportunity splashed down right in the bullseye with all systems go, and Spirit has made real progress towards getting back in action. Evidently its flash memory was having some problem with the filesystem, causing the thing to reboot like 120 times in the last couple of days. Does WAL*MART have an outlet on Mars? You can get a CF card there for like $50.

But back to what I said about abandoning my childhood dream of working for NASA... I guess it's never too late to try it, even now. It's scary, though to think about trying to get a job there with my shitty grades and my unrelated work experience. Gah, the last thing I need now is yet another reason to reconsider my grad school plans.

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