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Sonntag, Januar 04, 2004
When I heard about the problems Beagle still seems to have (or it's already in little robot-heaven and doesn't have any problems at all) and when I then heard about the great success the latest landing of the US thing was, I was kinda counting seconds when the first "Schadenfreude" will come over.
Of course it came. It's fun to be right.
And of course it's well earned, because I also buy this european arrogance. We think the Old Europe is still superior to the young USA when it comes to culture and among many others, of course also science. This comes basically from the exodus of many scientists (and other brilliant brains) during the Nazi-Time.
But well, these times are over and one must admit that the US has build a great pool of scientists and in the Old Europe there is a shocking lack of funding and supporting of scientists.
So yes, the "Schadefreude" is somehow deserved, because Beagle failed where the US thing is successfull.
But do we really mind? Of course not. We're happy for every thing that makes it to Mars surface and sad for each that fails. From whomever this might be sent.
David wants Michael Moore to help here, but I guess, Marsians don't want to hear anything about Nike abusing its workers or about what a nut the US President is, but keeping on aiming at stuff trying to land on their planet.