..."On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Gorevan was six blocks from the World
Trade Center, riding his bicycle to work, when he heard an airliner hit
the first tower. "Mostly, what comes back to me even today is the sound
of the engines before the first plane struck the tower. Just before
crashing into the tower, I could hear the engines being revved up as if
those behind the controls wanted to ensure the maximum destruction. I
stopped and stared for a few minutes and realized I felt totally
helpless, and I left the scene and went to my office nearby, where my
colleagues told me a second plane had struck. We watched the rest of the
sad events of that day from the roof of our facility."
At Honeybee's building on Elizabeth Street, as in the rest of the area,
normal activities were put on hold for days, and the smell from the
collapse of the towers persisted for weeks.
Steve Kondos, who was at the time a JPL engineer working closely with
the Honeybee team, came up with the suggestion for including something
on the rovers as an interplanetary memorial. JPL was building the rovers
and managing the project.
To carry out the idea, an early hurdle was acquiring an appropriate
piece of material from the World Trade Center site. Through Gorevan's
contacts, a parcel was delivered to Honeybee Robotics from the mayor's
office on Dec. 1, 2001, with a twisted plate of aluminum inside and a
note: "Here is debris from Tower 1 and Tower 2."
Tom Myrick, an engineer at Honeybee, saw the possibility of machining
the aluminum into the cable shields for the rock abrasion tools. He
hand-delivered the material to the machine shop in Texas that was
working on other components of the tools. When the shields were back in
New York, he affixed an image of the American flag on each"... Nasa
Arès (Mars) est le dieu de la Guerre et de la Destruction dans la mythologie grecque.