A round of applause for one of the most productive planetary missions ever.
- By Bob Craddock
- Air & Space magazine, January 2007
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems
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Sometime in the next hundred years or so, the Global Surveyor’s orbit will decay and it will spiral through the Martian atmosphere, scattering bits of transistors and instruments across the surface. It is unlikely that any of us will still be alive when it finally becomes part of the planet it helped explore. My friend Becky Williams at the Planetary Science Institute planned thousands of the images taken by the MGS. She told me recently, "I feel very sad, as I feel very attached to that mission."
Me, too. I say goodbye to a spacecraft that was part of my youth. And to all those who dedicated their lives to making it work so successfully for so long, you have my heartfelt thanks.
Posted December 6, 2006.