new Mars panorama

As discussed and linked to from this news release: Mars Rover Panorama Shows Vista from ‘Lookout’ Point. (Panorama requires QuickTime). From a place called “Larry’s Lookout” halfway up Husband Hill. So who is Larry?

This space.com story on Larry’s Lookout ‘splains the mystery:

“It’s kind of up high and on the left side of this valley. It really looked liked a good place to go and stand there…in a coonskin hat…and look out across the vast expanse of the valley. That was what the goal was for going there,” said Larry Crumpler, the man who championed the stopover point.

How nice. the insistence to stop and look nabs one a place name. Gives a wonderful new perspective on the traveler’s whine, “Are we there yet?”