We need this. Exploration of the universe, and the investigation of basic questions about life or the potential for life on other worlds, speaks to a basic curiosity that all human beings share. It is an activity that requires all of our abilities for the sake of knowledge and wonder alone. And it is based on the underlying assumption that we're going to do more than survive, that we're going to sort ourselves out and grow into place in the universe.
Still, budgets are tight, and NASA and JPL have put many eggs in this basket. So my fingers are crossed for a successful landing of this tremendously ambitious Mars rover mission.
The landing is at 1:31am Monday morning East Coast USA time. Or rather, that's when Earth is supposed to get a happy text message from Curiosity saying "yeah, I made it, now chill, I have a lot of unpacking to do."
OK, I have 60000 tabs open, so I'm going to share the bounty:
"Seven minutes of terror," very slick, really gets across why this landing is super ambitious...
Curiosity rover animation...William Shatner narratesWil Wheaton narratesNASA TV live coverage from 11:30pm ESTJPL TV; interviews from this morning, then live coverage from 11:30PM EST, with plenty of commentaryJPL TV 2; on this channel the only audio will be mission control chatter
Enjoy! Meanwhile the Opportunity rover is still hard at work, and Mars Odyssey and other orbiters
are standing by to relay the signals from Curiosity. In short, Curiosity has a posse.
Tags: curiosity, mars, mars rovers, space