Or the beauty of the morning sky with Venus, Jupiter, and Aldebaran and if you are early enough you can see Pleiades, well didn’t make the cut.
Then I came across something that disappointed me greatly and I need to know why it may come to pass! ……..We may not actually get to watch the landing of Curiosity on Mars due to an unforeseen bunch of events that show Curiosity may be landing in a crater that we have named Gale’s Crater thanks to a recent incident that resulted in a reaction wheel failure. This wheel failure occurred on Odyssey – the orbiter that it was hoped would track the whole daring maneuver for us and send the data back. The device is used to aim a spacecraft in a way (without firing jets or rockets) either to keep a specific view such as through a telescope or to reduce the ‘mass fraction’ to save fuel.
**UPDATE** I wrote this yesterday and this morning NASA has managed to get the Odessey into position to confirm to MARS landing!
• Mission goal is to determine whether Mars has ever had the conditions to support life
• Project costed at $2.5bn; will see initial surface operations lasting two Earth years
• Onboard plutonium generators will deliver heat and electricity for at least 14 years
• 75kg science payload more than 10 times as massive as those of earlier US Mars rovers
• Equipped with tools to brush and drill into rocks, to scoop up, sort and Variety of analytical techniques to discern chemistry in rocks, soil and atmosphere
• Will try to make first definitive identification of organic (carbon rich) compounds
• Even carries a laser to zap rocks; beam will identify atomic elements in rocks