But, they are moving slower than expected, in part because of the wheel worries.
Mesh might not do well in sand because sand particles get inside the wheel easily. Keep in mind they are driving up a slope.
More bad luck than bad planning because the type of terrain they landed on had not been observed on Mars before.
It's not "bad luck", it's why you explore. If you send out a scout to the east, and he comes back with an arrow in his back, bummer for the scout, but at least you now know the east is dangerous before sending the rest of the troops to the east.
Better we find out about stiff rocks now instead of when humans are driving a rover there, without AAA.
Note this rover is better able to handle sand based on lessons from the last rovers.
But the wheels aren't failing. The skin on the wheels is failing but the wheels will work fine with structure alone.
Not exactly. The bent skin can potentially rub against cables, sawing them up, goofing up wheel control and other parts of the electrical system. Plus, they may start sinking in sand without skin. Sand was a big problem for earlier rovers.
I think if you want the desktop it's going to take another linux-kernel-level effort around the GUI. The question is do we keep trying to put more band-aids on X11 or do we design something from the ground up that everyone can agree on?
I wouldn't be so sure:
Isn't that the name of the "mormon" planet? Authors might get sued by the church.
...build a KFC nearby
I'm waiting for the Duke Nukem edition
Do Germans eat crow with bratwurst?
They are about to get an ash-kicking