An astute reader pointed out to me on Twitter that Thierry was echoing Han Solo in Star Wars yesterday. Specifically: Han to Greedo: "I don't have it with me." and Han to Luke: "Got some old debts I gotta pay off with this stuff."
Although I think Thierry will be lucky if he proves to be half the charming scoundrel Han was. ;)
Today's (single) page took me forever. I keep trying to do this pose and I'm not sure why because I have a really hard time with it! Blargle-argle.
NASA's large Mars Science Laboratory rover, aka Curiosity, will land on Mars on August 5th--if it survives a surprisingly elaborate landing maneuver; apparently it isn't easy to land something that big and heavy intact, so those bright boys doing the science have got a complex routine involving multiple jettisonings and jettings, which they spell out for us in this impressively over-dramatized video:
Here's a handy scale comparison: the following photo has two regular-size adult humans, surrounded by a "flight spare" for the first Martian rover, the 1997 Sojourner, in the foreground, a working copy of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, which landed on Mars in 2004, on the left, and a test rover about the size of Curiosity on the right:
The tread pattern in those wheels, newly installed above, isn't just for traction in the treacherous Martian soil! Nope! If the Martians can read Morse code, they might get a clue as to who made the thingy what left such strange tracks: