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Steve Squyres Quotes

Nobody has the display capability in their homes you'd need to really see these images in all their grandeur. One panorama we created was 4,000 pixels high and 24,000 pixels around, and your laptop just can't display that. But on an IMAX screen five stories tall, you're standing on the edge of the crater. You're there.
Steve Squyres
#Capability

It's very similar in composition, with very similar textures when you look at it with a microscope, but it's dipping in all different directions. What it says is that the geology around here is pretty complicated.
Steve Squyres
#Composition

They'd had to deal with huge technical as well as financial challenges. Just to get Beagle 2 to the launch pad is a huge accomplishment.
Steve Squyres
#Challenges

One mystery we’ve been dealing with for a long time is the origin of the little dark ‘cobbles’ that we occasionally see out on the plains,
Steve Squyres
#Mystery

That very rugged stuff. There is a guy on our team who actually calls this the geologic promised land. I don't know if it's going to turn out to be that good or not and I don't know if we'll ever get there, but it certainly looks interesting.
Steve Squyres
#Land

What field geologists typically do - and Spirit is a robotic field geologist - is you climb to the top of the nearest hill and take a look around so you get the lay of the land and figure out where you want to go,
Steve Squyres
#Spirit

They provide a wonderful glimpse into what Mars was like in the earliest part of its history, ... It was a violent place. It was a place where meteorite impacts were happening frequently. It was a place where there volcanic explosions happening frequently. Hot stuff was raining from the skies. There was water. When rocks were deposited, water would flow through those rocks and change their chemistry. This is a glimpse into the ancient past of Mars.
Steve Squyres
#History

One mystery we've been dealing with for a long time is the origin of the little dark 'cobbles' that we occasionally see out on the plains.
Steve Squyres
#Mystery

[Opportunity has wheeled up to such an outcrop that has some rinds on it,] among the best we’ve ever seen, ... So once we nail the cobble problem, we may go after the rinds next.
Steve Squyres
#Opportunity

Once we've finished the rest of the list, we'll start the descent.
Steve Squyres
#Rest

For Spirit, we're going to head down the hill, looking for bedrock and heading toward Home Plate,
Steve Squyres
#Home

For Opportunity, we're going to continue south through the etched terrain, studying bedrock as we go and heading toward Victoria crater.
Steve Squyres
#Opportunity

The root cause of the reset remains a mystery, but I guess the occasional odd glitch is to be expected from a vehicle that's been on Mars for almost 600 sols.
Steve Squyres
#Mystery

That was waiting to bite us. If Opportunity had landed first, it would have had the same problem.
Steve Squyres
#Opportunity

Spirit is our tough, hardworking robot. Opportunity looks like she just came off the showroom floor, clean and pretty.
Steve Squyres
#Opportunity

We think Opportunity is now parked on what was once the shoreline of a salty sea on Mars.
Steve Squyres
#Opportunity

This is a journey into the unknown, to something completely new.
Steve Squyres
#Journey

The launch is a milestone, but just one of many along the way. Landing historically is where the most risk is involved.
Steve Squyres
#Risk

A sol like that gives you confidence. I'm really convinced now that we're able to keep the vehicle safe.
Steve Squyres
#Confidence

Our speed of travel is driven as much by survival as by discovery.
Steve Squyres
#Discovery

This was an inhabitable environment on Mars. This was a shallow sea. These rocks ... it's a salt flat. These are the kinds of environments that are very suitable for life.
Steve Squyres
#Environment

I don't have a belief regarding that question.
Steve Squyres
#Belief

Our current focus is to drive like hell … and try to get [Spirit] to safe winter havens before the power situation gets really bad.
Steve Squyres
#Focus

We have no idea yet how widespread Home Plate-like material may be. We have not seen anything like this before, but it doesn't mean there isn't more stuff out there.
Steve Squyres
#Home

For Spirit, the priority has been to reach a safe winter haven.
Steve Squyres
#Spirit

The deciding factor will be how good the geology is. I think going downhill has the potential to go a bit faster, it's easier to go downhill with these vehicles than going up.
Steve Squyres
#Potential

This climb was motivated by science,
Steve Squyres
#Science

Every time Spirit has gained altitude, we've found different rock types,
Steve Squyres
#Spirit

Spirit has given us a wonderful window into the very ancient past of Mars. It was a violent place, a place where meteorite impacts, volcanic explosions happened frequently, where hot stuff was raining from the sky.
Steve Squyres
#Past

This climb was motivated by science. Every time Spirit has gained altitude, we've found different rock types. Also, we're doing what any field geologist would do in an area like this: climbing to a good vantage point for plotting a route.
Steve Squyres
#Science