#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, September 6th, 2013 10:47
#2 By: Benjamin Brown, September 6th, 2013 11:20
That is a hard one. Voyager 1 is a classic of course, then there is LRO orbiting the moon giving us the best view of our natural satellite than ever before. Hmm, will have to narrow it down between the rovers though and I'm gonna have to go with Opportunity. Which has been operating almost a decade now on solar power, and yet is still on roving.
#3 By: allium, September 6th, 2013 11:49
I'm split between Dawn and New Horizons (both heading someplace new), but a friend of mine worked on the Pluto Kuiper Express mission concept that was the predecessor to New Horizons, so the tie goes to the hyperbolic trajectory!
#4 By: incarnedine_v, September 6th, 2013 11:59
It's a damn piece of art and it's still up there reflecting lasers!
#5 By: Mister44, September 6th, 2013 12:11
Damn it, I was going to say the Lunakhod.
If you ever make it to Kansas, they have one at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.
#6 By: housewarmer, September 6th, 2013 13:23
I can't believe nobody's mentioned this one yet...
My favorite probe in the solar system is the one circling Uranus.
Does that ever get old?
#7 By: kcsaff, September 6th, 2013 13:41
This map is really similar to the one I have in Kerbal Space Program. Some places are just easier to get to than others.
#8 By: jake0748, September 7th, 2013 01:51
Nope. It was, and always will be, a dorky bathtub on wheels. (And WHAT is up with those wheels anyway)?
#9 By: Ahmed_Sayid, September 7th, 2013 02:48
if we could just rederect all or perhaps even half the funds that go to wars and shit into space exploration we could do miracles.
#10 By: chriscoreline, September 7th, 2013 04:11
that picture is totally misleading by design... i was all: 'holey shit, they have discovered THREE new solar systems?!! and there ALL right next to us!!!'
back to normal life, but with slightly more disappointment. Thanks Boing Boing, Thoing boing.
#11 By: technogeek, September 7th, 2013 21:15
As the question is asked, I have to vote for the soft-landing Mars probes, simply because the level of Rube Goldbergian engineering is so delightful and -- clearly -- executed amazingly well.
My favorite mission.... that's harder. I watched Mercury flow into Gemini and then into Apollo... and watched that drive an entire generation to greater awareness of and interest in science and engineering and related fields. We desperately need to set ourselves a challenge of that sort again.
The next Man on the Moon is going to be Chinese.
#12 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, September 11th, 2013 10:47
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