High Strangeness: Dashing Through the Martian Snow

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dashing Through the Martian Snow

Last night my wife and I were pretty worn out from two intense days of Christmas shopping, but as we were getting dinner ready, I got a tweet from AsteroidWatch that brought a welcome dose of holiday wonder to us both...

Now, normally AsteroidWatch is not a beacon of jolly holiday news. The account is dedicated to the serious business of monitoring asteroids out in space and sending out timely tweets to its 820,343 faithful followers when one of those asteroids is on a collision course with earth. We fortunate 820,343 earthlings, forewarned of the end of the world, would then have x number of days to pack up our space ark and escape the planet. That's right, the ark is already built, sitting in a secret underground base and waiting for us to load up the pigs and chickens when the alert goes out...

But I've already said too much; I promise to notify you when you can apply for your seat on the ark.

Anyway, it came as a bit of a surprise when the Debbie Downers at Asteroid Watch sent out a link to this lovely Christmas video posted by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, entitled "Sleigh Ride Over Mars."  Just watch it; you won't be disappointed.

Of course, this isn't the first time Christmas and Mars have crossed paths. The first time it happened, it wasn't pretty...


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