Situational Analysis – February 22, 2021

It’s Monday and the last week of February. How did that happen?! Today also marks the beginning of #RealBreadWeek. Get out there and get baking. If you need recipes, I hear Paul Hollywood has some. 

In case you missed it over the weekend, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas took his family – and his college roommate – across the border in search of safety, warmth and clean water while AOC raised $5 million for Texas nonprofits assisting millions of Texans who found themselves without heat, electricity and/or water. 

It’s also George Washington’s birthday, as well as Zitkála-Šá, who is today’s Google Doodle.

If you only have time for one thing today: Read about Michelle Amos, NASA engineer who worked on the Mars 2020 rover. She has a master’s degree in engineering management and spent 30 years at NASA and the John F. Kennedy Space Center. She spoke about the “seven minutes of terror,” aka, the rover’s landing on Mars: We tested that system over and over. We knew that it would land correctly. But that’s a simulation,” she said. “It’s a whole different story when you are in the Martian atmosphere. All the projections for wind, temperature and gravity that helped you to be successful using flight software on Earth — it’s got to work in a Martian atmosphere. That’s the nail-biting part of it.” She watched the landing via Zoom, along with 200 LDS missionaries that she and her husband supervise in Louisiana. 


11 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
51 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021)
67 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)