Launching and landing

Today we launched the first Release Candidate of Firefox 3 (yay!). 7 days from now, NASA will be landing a spacecraft on Mars. I thought it might be interesting to compare the two…

The browser The spacecraft
Original name: Phoenix Mars Surveyor 2001 Lander
Current name: Firefox Phoenix
Mission: Make kick-ass software, promote the open web Study water, soil, weather at northern polar region of Mars
Cost: Free! $420 million
Performance: Fast! Twelve 293-Newton thrusters
Powered by: Mozilla Solar panels
Takes flames: Alex Faaborg Ablative heat shield
Management: Mike Mike
Special powers: Robot and laser Robotic arm and laser
News updates: Twitter Twitter
Disaster plan: RC2 😦

4 thoughts on “Launching and landing”

  1. Hahahaha excellent.
    One of your facts is flawed though. While Firefox may be free to users I don’t think you can claim it cost nothing to develop it. If that were true, well you and I would be out of a job 🙂

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