Finished reading "The Martian" today. Got through it pretty quickly. This quote during the pathfinder acquisition hit close to home:
"I tied one end to a panel and the other to the rover. The rover was made for traversing extremely rugged terrain, often at steep angles. It may not be fast, but it has great torque. I towed the panel away like a redneck removing a tree stump."
I laughed and recalled my time spent as an early teen excavating tree stumps with my brother at my family's ranch using a chain attached to an old f200 pickup. We would drag the stump backto the barn and cut it up for firewood. We ripped the bumper off that truck several times, each time replacing it with a homemade version which we believed to be marginally sturdier.