Letters: Aug. 4, 1997

THE SECRETS OF MARS

"The Martian air force will now undoubtedly claim that Pathfinder is a weather balloon it intentionally dropped from the sky." KEN LEVIN Novato, Calif.

Three cheers for Yankee ingenuity! I never thought landing on Mars [SPACE, July 14] could launch such brilliant feelings of national pride. Never mind the cost-efficient design, bouncing-ball landing and extraordinary photographs. The real story here is that Americans love a challenge. These young rocket scientists more than met our expectations with their beautiful and simple solutions--which were inexpensive to boot. NASA has reaffirmed my belief that its programs are worthy of my...

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