#ToMarsAndBack

In 2021 pieces of Mars will land safely on earth as part of Mars 2020. The Mars 2020 rover collects samples and leaves them in canisters on the surface. The lander deploys a fetch rover to collect the samples and deposit them in an ascent vehicle, which blasts into Mars orbit. There, a return orbiter collects the samples for transport back to Earth.

Via planetary.org.

Mars Sample Return overview infographic (ESA)

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When in Iceland

When in Iceland I recommend renting a vehicle. It’s a round island with a single ring road.
When renting a vehicle I recommend a 4×4. There are no trees, so you can drive anywhere.
When renting a 4×4 I recommend renting a Land Rover. The British were an adventurous lot.
When renting a Land Rover, get a Defender. It protected the King of England well enough now didn’t it.
When renting a Defender, get a Super with the armor. Iceland is icy.
When getting a Super, get a modified Super. You’ll want the snorkel, compressor, and 38″ tires.
Use ISAK 4×4 Rental.

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A video and my travel map for Iceland: Iceland Map

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Appreciating Willard Brinton’s data visualization

Excerpt from 100 years of Brinton, a website devoted to appreciating data visualization author Willard Brinton.

I passionately believe Brinton should be as well known as other pioneers of data visualisation (Playfair,Priestley, Minard) and modern authors (Few, Tufte, Cairo)

I agree. Below is an image from Brinton’s book, which is more about data visualization than about ocean liners, but I find both interesting.

Growth in the Length of Ocean Liners

I agree that Brinton’s book is awesome. It’s called Graphic Methods of Presenting Facts. You can read it below, for free.

 

 

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Requests for Startups

Excerpt from Y-Combinator article on ideas for new startups. [source: YCombinator Blog]

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Enterprise Software – Software used by large companies is still awful and still very lucrative.

Category-defining enterprise software companies will emerge to solve problems for every vertical, every business size, and every job function. Here are 3 specific areas we think are particularly interesting:

  1. Making The Expensive Cheap: Because of the cost of traditional enterprise software, many categories of solutions were previously cost prohibitive for small or even medium sized businesses to benefit from.
  2. The Next Billion Workers: Traditionally office-based knowledge workers have been the users of enterprise software. Mobile phones and tablets turn every type of employee – from the retail store associate to the field services team – into a knowledge worker.
  3. Digitizing Every Industry: Every industry is going through some form of information-based disruption; this is causing businesses to modernize their practices, leveraging new data, accelerating key processes, and delivering digitally-enabled experiences in the process.
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