One more

Yes, there has been a lot about Curiosity on the blog this week, but I can’t resist posting just one more. This video is footage that you may have seen before, especially if you watched the Seven Minutes of Terror video — but it has now been cut with voice recordings from the actual landing, and the NASA/JPL press conference afterwards. It’s great fun, because now it’s real.

(Note: You may notice a distinct rah-rah America tone to the press conference, but to put it in context, these folks have to fight the US Congress for their budget every few years, with cuts constantly being threatened or enacted. When they’ve got something like this to sell, they’re going to sell it, hard. If you thought landing a rover on Mars was impossible, try getting money for science out of Congress.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to One more

  1. Paulo says:

    Thank you. Thank you.

    Who would have thought that Eisenhower’s “Dare mighty things” would be, in the 21st century, more sincere, grounded and meaningful a mission statement than the ones we have to hear from today’s “leaders”?

    Adam Steltzner’s Facebook profile says the following about himself:
    “I help guide the intellectual chaos that is the design, development, implementation and operation of the Mars Science Laboratory mission’s entry, descent and landing phase.”
    “Elvis guy” is the man. Any more questions regarding the Triumph of the Geeks? No? OK then.

    May I also say that finding this blog, meeting and getting to know you has been one of the most memorable events of my 2012, as much as it has been an honor.

    PS: my newest bumper-sticker is going to say “Bobak is my co-pilot”, stealing from here:
    http://twitpic.com/ahgm34

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