Friday, December 5, 2008

Next Mars Rover Delayed Until 2011, Joe Moore Not Worried

The Bench front page... Dang, I lost that bet. But then, so did NASA. The launch of NASA's SUV-sized, next-generation Mars rover has been delayed for two years due to continuing technical problems and cost overruns, the space agency announced Thursday. More bout dis... To put this in perspective, NASA's next Mars rover will land on the Red Planet before Streetscape lands in Rogers Park, Chicago. The next Mars rover will be exploring in 2011 before the Rogers Park "Miles of Murals" project is completed. It's quite likely, in fact, that the next Mars rover will be launched before Alderman Joe Moore figures out how to pick up the pile of gravel that's been obstructing a bus stop for nearly two years already. By the time the next Mars Rover rockets out of our atmosphere, that two year old gravel pile will be over four years old. (It would be nice if NASA could send a spare rover to explore that pile of gravel.) Streetscape will have been promised for more than ten years. To be fair, however, nobody has ever said that Joe Moore is a rocket scientist.