But that doesn’t matter! If you weren’t watching NASA’s newest invention “Curiosity” land on the planet Mars yesterday, you missed out! Even if you’re not a science buff, you should at least be intrigued by the new 2.6 billion dollar creation that is paving a new road in space exploration. Not only is it equipped with the latest in technology, the trip that it took to get to the Red Planet is even more unbelievable. Dubbed the “7 minutes of Terror” by NASA Scientists, the rover had to go through many steps in its landing process, all of which had to take place at just the right second. Click here to see the youtube video explaining these incredible transitions that it had to make to be deemed a success.
Watching live, you could feel the intensity in the control room. With no live video to showcase what exactly was happening, audiences were holding their breathes along with the NASA team as they were relying on data to indecate Curiosity’s positioning. It was almost in a way like listening to a live radio show. You had an indication of what was taking place, but there were no images. NASA did have an idea of what was to happen, and explained this to audiences via diagrams. However, it wasn’t until everyone heard “TOUCH DOWN CONFIRMED” that you knew it was okay to breathe again! To relive these moments, you can watch the video of the touch down here. It may not be as “great” as landing on the moon, but today’s generation will learn to appreciate this event as it will lead to bigger and better things!
During the press conference that followed, Theodore Roosevelt’s quote was was brought forth.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat”.