I got this pic from The Planetary Society and it is so amazing I thought I would add it here. Yeah--I am a space geek. Remember, I grew up in the '60's, and I used to get up and watch the Gemini and Apollo missions launch from Cape Kennedy (now Cape Canaveral, it's old name). So I get kind of geekily excited when we get a space triumph like this one. The idea that we can put a laboratory like this one on another planet after shooting it across space for 10 months and have it land in pretty much the spot we wanted it to land--that is pretty awesome. I will be anxiously awaiting more pictures from Mars over the next few weeks, although without a rover, I'm not sure they are going to be that different than what we are seeing today. Still---cool . . .
I'm a physician (OBGYN), late 40's, living in a small town in northern Louisiana. It's a big change, coming from the Big Easy, but then again, my life has been under considerable remodeling as of late. I am married to a beautiful Russian artist, who was nice enough to follow me on this adventure.