Sunday, January 26, 2014

Good News from Space

Opportunity has been operating on the Martian surface for 10 years, and is still going.

The Chinese have released a high resolution full color panorama taken from their  Chang'e lander on the moon.

Atlas V has now completed 42 successful launches. This makes it the most reliable large launcher in service. Delta II and two Soyuz variants are statistically somewhat more reliable but less capable. Soyuz can haul a bit over 8 tones to LEO, Atlas V over 17. Ariane V is slightly less reliable  but perhaps not significantly so, and the picture will change with each new launch.

This is how we move forward. Every successful launch demonstrates our improved skill. Every failure is an opportunity to find what we are doing wrong.

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