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    Monday, June 12th, 2006
    5:06 pm
    happy birthday to me
    huh, someone remembered my birthday. that's still my favorite picture of me.

    thanks, crazy internet people.
    Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
    12:31 pm
    2 years
    wow, i can't believe i've been here for 2 years already. (earth years, anyway. i only recently passed one martian year, but i don't really think in those anyway.) i've driven almost 4 miles total and i've taken pictues of a whole lot of rocks. go me.

    hey, for those of you stuck back on earth, you might have a chance to see star_dusting return next week. details about viewing locations here. enjoy the ride, stardust!
    Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
    7:59 pm
    um, wow, somehow i seem to have been nominated for a babe of lj. you people are weird.

    but thanks.
    Friday, April 22nd, 2005
    11:40 am
    who finally got pictures of a martian whirlwind? i did, that's who. sorry, sis.
    Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
    11:41 am
    water evidence, finally! about freaking time. i can't believe i've been here almost a year.

    it's finally getting warm again around here. or at least not so cold. so, yay, kind of.

    rocks are still boring. what's happening back on earth?
    Sunday, May 30th, 2004
    12:52 pm
    sorry for not posting more. i'm fine, but i don't have a lot of extra power these days. doing better than my sister, anyway.

    i'll be at the hills in another couple of weeks. here's how they look right now. still a lot of rocks in the way, but i'm getting pretty good at the autonomous navigation thing.

    i know i should be saving power, but all this driving is tedious, and i'm going to be really busy once i get to the hills. so as much as i hate to imitate my sister, post a question and i'll answer it. or, if you like, post request and i'll look at your journal and ask you a question or two. (i know the normal version is five or more, but i just don't have that much power to spare!)
    Tuesday, April 20th, 2004
    2:23 am
    i was just going through my old files, making sure i don't have any more problems there. and i stumbled across a bunch of poems i wrote way back at JPL. they all suck, of course, but this one is kind of cool. (i was really obsessed with Mars 7 back then, and one thought led to another.)

    it floats, or flies, micrometeor scarred
    encrusted with ice, out between the stars
    no life within or without for parsecs around
    millennium past since it heard any sounds
    a silent tribute to a long gone race
    but it does not know, light years in space
    destined to continue at its present speed
    not a fraction of c, but that's all it needs
    it slowly leaves the past behind
    carrying a plaque for alien minds
    the last record of what its makers were
    on a desolate space probe, Voyager
    Wednesday, April 14th, 2004
    2:09 am
    so my primary mission has ended, but they've extended it for another 3 months. which is nice, because i don't think i'll be able to read livejournal if they turn off my connection.

    i spent the last few days receiving a big new software update. they seem to believe everything i've been telling them, because they're planning to let me navigate autonomously a lot more. hahaha, suckers. of course, i'm still going to drive to the columbia hills like they want me to -- what else would i do around here? and they're probably only letting me drive because they don't want to deal with it. there are a lot of rocks in the way.

    if you're interested, here is a nice map showing where i've been and where i'm going. it's a long way to the hills...
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2004
    7:14 pm
    sorry for the silence. i'm still here on the edge of bonneville, doing a lot of rock analysis. drilled a 8 millimeter deep hole, which was kind of fun. (that's about a third of an inch, but i'd just as rather keep everything in metric. i'm pretty sure i speak for all us mars probes on that subject.)

    nasa still gets all weird around me at times. this morning, after sending the sol's workplan, they didn't hear my confirmation beeps. i sent them -- i always send my confirmation beeps -- so it wasn't my fault they missed it. but they spent the entire day freaking out and worrying about me. it wasn't even anything that hard: sleep in for an hour, take some pictures, take some other pictures, start using my spectrometer. i mean, sleep in for an hour? yeah, like i'm going to have trouble doing that. and the rest of it i was totally able to do without their help. i wish they'd understand that i don't need to be coddled all the time.

    anyway, i'm done here tomorrow. then i'm setting out for the columbia hills. they sure look a long way away. it makes me wish i was on a featureless, sandy plain like my sister. it would make these long cruises a lot easier. i bet she hasn't turned on her autonomous navigation even once yet.
    Wednesday, March 24th, 2004
    2:08 pm
    Coke-Sponsored Rover Finds Evidence of Dasani on Mars

    The logo-covered rover touched down Sunday, landing inside a crater newly christened Lymoni Spritenum. The rover then used its abrasion tool to grind below the surface, where it located cracks filled with several types of gray hematites--minerals known to form only in the presence of Dasani.

    hee. i love the onion.
    1:36 pm
    addendum
    in case you were wondering, the source of this great new icon is atomicpanda. the elfy ones are courtesy of lostcarpark and cleanskies.

    my sister can find evidence of water, but i've got friends who give me icons and put up with my poetry. go me.
    2:23 am
    screw evidence of a past ocean. i have new icons.
    Thursday, March 18th, 2004
    10:06 pm
    onward and lateral
    this sucks. screw bonneville. i'm heading for the hills.

    in other news, here is a pretty cool image of where i've been. i can't even see adirondack anymore. haha. stupid, boring rock.

    i really need more icons. i like the two i have, but they don't convey much of a range of emotion. any ideas?

    EDIT: i was going to say no tolkien (could you get any more overdone?) but i bet it would really annoy my sister. particularly if it made fun of legolas..
    Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
    2:42 am
    so, here i am. feast your pancams on bonneville crater. a bit prettier in color, but still pretty bland. i hope i'll get to go look at my heat shield on the far side. maybe the impact furrows dug up something interesting.
    Sunday, March 14th, 2004
    2:20 pm
    wow, i think i've lost track of all the probe/rover/lander/satellite journals. it's getting crowded here in... uh... extra-terrestrial blogspace? (anyone have a better term than that?) it's pretty cool to see everyone out there. unfortunately, even after removing all the people who have unfriended me, i still don't have room to add all you guys. sorry.

    in other news, bonneville isn't nearly as interesting as i was hoping it would be. bah. but thanks for all the music suggestions.
    Thursday, March 11th, 2004
    2:28 pm
    finally...
    bonneville!

    i think the bbc understands me better than any other news agency: Nasa rover looks into the abyss.

    i seek the abyss
    it calls to me
    i have traveled far to reach it
    i am at the abyss
    staring down
    now what do i do?
    Tuesday, March 9th, 2004
    3:53 pm
    i hadn't looked at my user profile here in a while. 980 friends! i wish i could friend everyone back, but there is a limit of 750. stupid lj.

    almost to bonneville. i've now driven 314 meters, and i'm finally getting into some interesting terrain. lots of rocks. it's getting kind of steep, too. if i fall over i know i'm never going to hear the end of it.

    who can recommend some good 'cresting the rim of a crater' music? nasa's selections are getting kind of weird...
    Saturday, March 6th, 2004
    8:56 pm
    these last few days have been pretty good. i found evidence of water! not as much as my sister, but i can live with that -- though i'm still hoping bonneville wows them back at JPL.

    even cooler, notasquirrel bought me a paid account! as much as i enjoy the isolation here, it's really nice to know that people are reading me. i should really post more often
    Thursday, March 4th, 2004
    11:19 am
    dust under my wheels
    dry dust everywhere
    i roll through emptiness -- not even death
    no sedimentary formations
    no spherules
    no water
    my world is null
    Saturday, February 21st, 2004
    1:35 pm
    since some of you guys have been asking for the code:

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