On November 25 we had our last regularly scheduled meeting for 2012, with seven members in attendance. Mark could not make it, being still in Florida after seeing MSL launch as a Tweetup VIP, Dan and Mina were out for the holidays, and Kris was under the weather, but we still had a good turnout, including a surprise drop by of Judah and his wife.
Of course, the big news was the perfect launch of MSL the day before. Curtis brought his laptop and we could all see again the launch and orbit of the biggest baddest probe ever sent to Mars. 243 days to go till it lands, but who’s counting!
Tom gave us a rundown on the History Channel’s ‘Crash Landing on Mars’ (its on YouTube) where Bob Z was interviewed, and Lucinda from National had a cameo as a stranded astronaut struggling to get to the return vehicle. Never know what you will find on late night TV!
We discussed some of the conditions at the MDRS site regarding providing shelter for the URC competition, but we could not get an update on the editing and publishing status with Kris’s absence.
2011 has been a good year for our group, but we all did let the pace slow a bit
after the convention – naturally enough – but we need to step it back up in 2012!
Hope to see you all at Carol’s Christmas party, and we will start up our regular meetings again in the end of January, 2012.
If not, happy holidays and new year, and smooth landings!