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Oh what a difference a week makes

by Deborah Bass

June 03, 2008 -
In one week, things are very different than they were before we landed.

Before we landed, we weren't sure we were going to land safely.
After one week, We Have A Mission!

Before we landed, we were concerned about the power situation such that the lander was only awake 9 am to 4 pm.
After one week, we are staying awake 8 am to 6:30 pm.

Before we landed, we were concerned about the power situation such that we couldn't do any science outside of that 9 am to 4 pm.
After one week, we are allowed to wake up to collect data for 4 hours each night.

Before we landed, we didn't want to acquire so much data that we couldn't send it home. We were told to only collect 50 Mbits per day.
After one week, we are collecting 150+ Mbits per day with 4 routine relays.

Before we landed, we didn't know what it was like to live on Mars time.
After one week, we are all working overnight and having perky, intense intellectual discussions at 3:30 am.

Before we landed, the team was too overwhelmed to consider smaller matters like putting scientific rationale for requesting measurements.
After one week, the edict has been made that if rationale is not documented, the request will not be considered.

Before we landed, we didn't know how deep the ice was.
After one week, we have found ice beneath the lander.

See what I mean?