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01101001
2005-Jan-01, 02:42 AM
Spirit and Opportunity will show up in the Annual New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena California.

They are the "skates" on the feet of a 50-foot robot, a JPL/Caltech flower-bedecked float, honoring the "Family of Explorers" -- nine missions managed by JPL.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/float-150.jpg (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2004-298)

News release (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2004-298)

Floatcam (http://www.floatcam.caltech.edu)

The Supreme Canuck
2005-Jan-01, 02:46 AM
That is a truly frightening float. :o

Gullible Jones
2005-Jan-01, 02:50 AM
And blatantly anime inspired. :lol: Caltech lives up to its geeky reputation... :P

Tobin Dax
2005-Jan-01, 10:06 AM
A JPL Voltron--how cool is that!? :D 8)
[where's that Yahoo! geek smiley when you really need it? :-? ]

01101001
2007-Dec-29, 01:31 AM
(Alert. Thread revival. But, why would we want more than one Rose Parade topic?)

New Year 2008, it's 50 Years of Space Exploration.

NASA Mission News (http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/float-20071227.html):

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/207091main_float-20071226-226.jpg (http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/float-20071227.html) (bigger image (http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/207089main_float-20071226-browse.jpg))


Volunteers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., are helping with the finishing touches on the Lab's Rose Parade float saluting "50 Years of Space Exploration." A half-century ago, on Jan. 31, 1958, JPL's Explorer 1 became America's first satellite to reach Earth orbit, launching our nation into the space age.

On the parade float, Explorer 1 fires off the launch pad at the center. In its wake arises a collection of historic JPL robotic explorers, as well as planetary ports of call. On one of the solar panels displays a floral "photographic" representation of the Explorer pioneers whose vision ignited the spark for U.S. space exploration -- William Pickering, then director of JPL, scientist James Van Allen and rocket designer Wernher von Braun. Ascending from Explorer's fiery plume are a Martian orbiter and a six-wheeled Mars Science Laboratory, which in 2010 will carry on the tradition of NASA/JPL robotic exploration. On the other edge of the plume, climbing beyond the garland of rings surrounding the planet Saturn is JPL's Voyager 1 - humanity's most distant emissary - which is now on its journey headed into interstellar space.

The 25-foot-tall float is jacketed by everything from black seaweed, eucalyptus leaves, split pea and ground walnut shells to daisies, roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, carnations, strawflower and cut everlasting.

Edit: Another view from similar JPL press release (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2007-153):

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/float/float-2-200.jpg (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2007-153) (bigger image (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/float/float-2-browse.jpg))

KaiYeves
2007-Dec-29, 08:53 PM
Pretty stuff! Where is this Rose Parade held, exactly?

ToSeek
2007-Dec-29, 09:01 PM
Pretty stuff! Where is this Rose Parade held, exactly?

Pasadena, CA - JPL is right on the outskirts of town.

KaiYeves
2007-Dec-29, 09:22 PM
Pasadena, CA - JPL is right on the outskirts of town.
2,440 miles away from me according to Encarta.