I’m really looking forward to starting work on our special Sky at Night on Mars, due for broadcast as the 650th program in January. We’ve had this in the diary for years, but kept waiting for the rovers Spirit and Opportunity to die. We’re still – thankfully – waiting, and we eventually blinked first. One of the most memorable parts of interviewing the rover’s principle investigator, Steve Squyers, was hearing him describe just how overwhelmed the team felt by a mission that had lasted eight times its scheduled lifetime and that was a year ago!
All of which serves as a prelude to this fantastic spoof by The Onion (which contains occasional swearing).