Few hours back Sakthi asked me what is a blog? Well, I’ve been reading other’s blogs and blogging here for the past two months and this question made me think. I tried to get the meaning from the online dictionary and this is what I got and I tried the Thesaurus and got this.😦 I told him that “its something like a online diary, only difference between a diary and blog is that a diary is generally not read by others and this blogs are written for others to read”. I guess I’ve given a satisfactory explanation🙂
Actually he asked me this question because in one of my spam mails I sent a link on the blogs of Opportunity and Spirit. Somehow I got interest in this space mission and was surfing the website for this. There are a few interesting facts to note.
* The launch was postponed few times due to weather (Florida is the lightning capital of the US), techincal problems (well, after all software is an integral part of it) and a fisherman (check the videos 4 more details) !
* The navigators must hit the target of 5 kms wide from millions of mile away !
* The EDL part is the most crucial part. It has to slow down the craft from 12,000 miles/hour to zero – in just 6 minutes ! Infact this is known as the ‘six minutes of terror’. Don’t miss this video.