But... "after months of journeying through the stars"?
Now that would be news.
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has reached Mars after a 10-month journey – and started its mission to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) dropped into orbit around Earth’s favourite neighbour around 3.24am BST after months of journeying through space. To do it, the craft had to …
Sod's law dictates that somehow MAVEN and Mangalyaan will end up too close to each other which will either result in the destruction of both or create a resonance cascade scenario (also resulting in the destruction of both). This might be averted if they signal properly and use the roundabout as directed.
Everyone will blame everyone else and miss the best fact of all, that it would be the first truly extraterrestrial international space incident.
I'm probably speaking too soon, but it looks like the Americans have cracked the whole "getting a probe to Mars" thing- everything they've sent there has made it for the past 15 years. Quite a winning streak.
The overall Mars probe success rate of just 51% and the Russians' recent failure with Fobos Grunt show just how hard that is to do. Have a virtual beer, NASA.
...was the narrator addressing? That didn't sound like the general release type stuff normally linked/embedded here. It sounded like it was aimed at 10-12 year old kids.
Still and all, good stuff. Rockets and interplanetary probes are always exciting!
(Unlike a documentary I saw the the week where the script writer/narrator was confused and kept saying intergalactic when he meant interstellar.)
Sniff - I smell "Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator"
Wasn't it an "Illudium pu-38 Intergallactic Space Modulator"? Or are you deliberately trying to make the Martians appear less technically advanced thereby less of a threat when we find them? Do you know something we don't? Do you wear dark glasses and a black suit?