did i already bug you to read kim stanley robinson Red Mars? I am so bummed about schiaperelli.
hahah yes! but I will definitely put that towards the top of my list… so far the queue is finishing up “the new jim crow” and then reading “the dog stars”
I am bummed about Schiaparelli too! I hope that this doesn’t have an effect on the ESA’s Mars 2020 rover which has much of its funding TBD (one of Schiaparelli’s main jobs was to demonstrate the landing technology they are planning on using for future Mars missions)
Emily Calandrelli’s article does a good job explaining why landing on Mars is so hard (only NASA has successfully landed rovers on Mars). Y’all should check that out!