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!

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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!)

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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

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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...

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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.