One of the things I really enjoyed looking at was today's Astronomy Picture of the Day (syndicated as apod (But beware, wit certain styles, adding apod as a "friend" may hijack your "friends page.")), which today shows a really cool 360 degree panamora of the Martian surface. It's a black and white photo; I heard on the news this morning that color photos should be coming out tomorrow.
brad has a few choice excerpts from a NASA piece describing the landing, including:
To land in a precise location on Mars after traveling over 300 million miles, navigators at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had to overcome the head-spinning challenges of calculating the exact speeds of a rotating Earth, a rotating Mars, and a rotating spacecraft, while they all simultaneously are spinning in their own radical orbits around the Sun.Now, that's a lot of math!
Space exploration is extremely cool.