posted on Feb, 20 2004 @ 02:13 PM
The number of hits on NASA's Mars exploration program site has
exceeded 6.5 billion. Mainly, everyone wants to see the pictures.
Spurred by images transmitted from two robotic explorers, the number of Internet hits to NASA's portal has now surpassed the worldwide
Glenn Mahone, NASA assistant administrator for the Office of Public Affairs, said To the best of our knowledge, this is the biggest government event
in the history of the Internet." The amount of traffic is reported to even exceed the peak traffic for the IRS during tax time. Now we can add to the
list of what is for sure. Death, Taxes, and interest in Mars.
A lot of the publicity and attention is due to the pictures that the two Landers are sending back. These images give us a peek at the mysterious and
unknown. Here at ATS (Above Top Secret), the images started a major discussion when AarchAngel of ATS noticed that the colors on Spirits sundial
didnt appear to be correct. (View thread)
What is apparent is that the public
as a whole is interested in Mars. They want more than just a space station orbiting the planet. Now President Bush has claimed that we will have a man
on Mars by 2030. If stepping on the Moon was a Giant leap for mankind, then landing on Mars would be a immeasurable leap.
Official Mars Rover Site
Kano's Mars Color Explanations
[Edited on 20-2-2004 by dbates]
[Edited on 20-2-2004 by Nerdling]