Mars is nearer than Limpopo: iLIVE

08 August 2012 - 02:19 By Robert Nicolai, Howick
This artist's concept depicts Curiosity as it uses its chemistry and camera, or ChemCam, instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface on Mars. ChemCam fires laser pulses at a target and views the resulting spark with a telescope and spectrometers to identify chemical elements. The laser is an invisible infrared wavelength, but is shown here as visible red light for illustration Picture: REUTERS
This artist's concept depicts Curiosity as it uses its chemistry and camera, or ChemCam, instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface on Mars. ChemCam fires laser pulses at a target and views the resulting spark with a telescope and spectrometers to identify chemical elements. The laser is an invisible infrared wavelength, but is shown here as visible red light for illustration Picture: REUTERS

Congratulations to Nasa for successfully landing the one-ton Curiosity on Mars.

Luckily, Angie Motshekga's Basic Education Department was not responsible for ensuring the 450 million- kilometre delivery, but if there were schools on Mars, they would get their textbooks before Limpopo schools.

If Nasa wants a greater challenge, let's see if it can organise the delivery of textbooks to Limpopo on time and within budget.

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