Good Luck Percy!

Today the Perseverance is landing on Mars.
I don’t know about you, but I am SUPER excited- check out the landing if you can. It’s going to be a EPIC.
anita marie

Watch the Feb. 18 Landing Broadcast

Tune in live at 11:15 a.m. PST / 2:15 p.m. EST / 19:15 UTC

LIVE Landing Broadcast: Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars

Channels that will carry the live broadcast include:
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Clean feed of mission control on YouTube

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  • Mission Name: Mars 2020

  • Rover Name: Perseverance

  • Main Job: The Perseverance rover will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth.

  • Launch: July 30, 2020, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

  • Landing: Feb. 18, 2021

  • Landing Site: Jezero Crater, Mars

  • Mission Duration: At least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days)

  • Tech Demo: The Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration, hitching a ride on the Perseverance rover.

Perseverance Landing Day Milestones

 Step 1 | Cruise Stage Separation

 Step 2 | Atmospheric Entry

 Step 3 | Peak Heating

 Step 4 | Peak Deceleration

 Step 5 | Parachute Deployment

 Step 6 | Heat Shield Separation

 Step 7 | Radar Lock

 Step 8 | Terrain Relative Navigation Solution

 Step 9 | Backshell Separation

 Step 10 | Powered Descent

 Step 11 | Rover Separation/Sky Crane

 Step 12 | Touchdown!

Toolkit Resources

Photo:NASA Jezero Crater

Explore Jezero Crater, the future home of NASA’s Perseverance rover


Perseverance on Mars: ​This illustration depicts NASA’s Perseverance rover operating on the surface of Mars. Perseverance will land at the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater a little after 3:40 p.m. EST (12:40 p.m. PST) on Feb. 18, 2021. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Name Ingenuity
Main Job A technology demonstration to test the first powered flight on Mars. The helicopter will ride to Mars attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover.
Launch July 30, 2020, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Landing Feb. 18, 2021
Landing Site Jezero Crater, Mars
Length of Mission One or more flights within 30 days

Photo NASA: Ingenuity


I think this is what happens to anyone who is forced to be something that they are not:


“Lucy, The Chimp Who Believed She Was Human” tells the initially sad story of a chimpanzee named Lucy who was adopted by a human couple in an odd psychological experiment. The couple received Lucy at two days old, but as she grew older and bigger, she began to lash out at the people around her-youtube

The Frankenstein Moon

Stroke of Midnight

Where were you last night at midnight? Would you have wanted to be somewhere else? 

We all know what we’re supposed to do on New Year’s Eve. We all know we’re supposed to eat, drink and be Merry as we weep over the year that’s leaving us and weep over the one that’s coming.

We look at the future like a newborn baby and we have all the hope in the world for it.

All that changes are the clothes, the hairstyles and the addition or subtraction of friends and family in attendance.

So for once…okay I lie…I wish  with every atom I’m made up from that for each New Year that comes my way I could chose the strangest most exotic places to visit and from those places I would toast the New Year on a place like



Miranda is called The Frankenstein Moon because it looks like it was put together with the remains of other moons or left over parts of other planets.

Now scientists believe it was shaped by the gravity of Uranus…which is pretty darn funny when you think about it.

I could make a boat load of butt jokes here but I won’t.

I want too, but I won’t.

Anyway, I’d love to be on Miranda for New Year’s Eve  because it does look like a monster, I’d be all over it with the enthusiam of  a kid with a new bike…but in this case I’d probably take a robot with me


I’d explore every inch of that Monster Moon and in middle of exploring places like this:


I’d turn to my robot, who I’d have named Macbeth, after my dog Hamish Macbeth:

Everyone say 'Hi' to Hamish Macbeth!

Everyone say ‘Hi’ to Hamish Macbeth!

And I’d say, ” Hell’s Bells Macbeth, it’s New Years back on Earth! And then I’d pop open a bottle of Champagne, toast my friends back on Earth and laugh myself to death because I’m on a moon that looks like it was made by Victor Frankenstein and it’s circling a planet called Uranus and damn I love science.


All kidding aside, I think it would be the Bee’s Knees to be able to pick a world, a moon, be on a spaceship that could get up close and personal with a Magnetar (those monsters will suck the iron right out of your blood) and ring in the New Year light years away from Earth.


I think if I could do that I wouldn’t mind getting all mushie and sentimental for the year I missed on Earth, all of my friends and family who I wasn’t able to be with and how I have hope that in the next year I’d wander on back to Earth and stay for awhile.