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Can we rename it Wakka Wakka Wakka Crater?

You'd think after sending the next mission off to Mars and announcing a helicopter experiment for the
Can we rename it Wakka Wakka Wakka Crater?
By Joost Schuur • Issue #14 • View online
You’d think after sending the next mission off to Mars and announcing a helicopter experiment for the Mars 2020 rover mission in the last couple of weeks, things might quiet down a little bit, but nope.
NASA have announced a new strategy to help Curiosity’s ailing drill operate at full capacity again, after it suffered mechanical problems back in 2016. The rover is already looking forward sciencing the shit out of Mars again.
Speaking of science, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission has begun its science operations, after spending a year carefully adjusting its orbit.
Back on Earth, The Mars Generation ran its third annual Train Like a Martian challenge, aimed at raising awareness for STEAM education, space exploration, and physical fitness to students and adults around the world. Just look at all the tweets it generated!
Mars featured heavily in the sci-fi series The Expense, which was cancelled after three seasons by SyFy and fans are rallying hard to give the show a new season on streaming channels, especially after it saw record ratings after the cancellation was announced.
PS: For once, I can get on board with a case of pareidolia on Mars, when this crater looks more than a little bit like Pac-Man.

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