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"Curiosity feels, intimately, like a fellow field-geologist – because, of course, that’s exactly what the rover is."

Ha! Indeed. Next thing you know, our mechanical friend on Mars will be drinking beer and sharing puns with the other rovers.

And since Mars is in the topic, I'll leave this in case you have not come across it previously: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2010/2010JE003608.shtml
"Gusev Crater, Mars: Observations of three dust devil seasons". Which I hadn't seen before among the Mars dust devil and sand dune literature. (Well, I mostly only get to read abstracts.)

Drinking beer? Surely not - geologists are a sober bunch....

Thanks for the link, which I hadn't seen (although I, too, can access only the abstract right now). Interestingly dramatic seasonality to these things. What I also wonder at is the calligraphy created by the dust devils - see also, from many examples, http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/MRO/multimedia/mro20080123.html, and, of course, http://throughthesandglass.typepad.com/through_the_sandglass/2010/09/its-all-about-size-martian-dust-devils.html.

Curiosity is sending back some great pics. Mars looks so different from the surface. I do hope that some signs of life are found, if they are for sure we will have a manned mission. Imagine that day!

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