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am_Unition  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 12:30 p.m.—Perseverance Mars Rover landing day livestream for all students

Maybe the most painful thing I've learned over the last few years is that the visceral appeal of pretty images is almost mandatory to justify a mission. Nevermind ever-better probes measuring magnetic and electric fields, or particle sensors with 30 ms full-sky time resolution, if you don't slap a nice camera on it and send it somewhere other than Earth, the public can't be bothered to relate.