The landing of Curiosity on Mars will be televised on Nasa TV tonight at 10:30 PDT.
I need to find out if it's going to be live online, too.
Too bad Ray isn't here to see it, he would have loved this, would have been glued to the TV, no doubt.
They are trying to land a full sized car in a low spot where water could be, and we all know the importance of water to the future colonization of Mars, which Ray passionately believed in.
Here is a link to an L.A. Times, it will be live on youtube, UStream, and the nasa.gov website.
Ecstatic. Looks fantastic. Congrats to the whole mission team.
Curiosity is on Mars! The first picture from the surface, moments after landing, showed a wheel on the Martian soil. The second photo showed Curiosity's own shadow on the surface.
Ray, we are all Martians once again and evermore!
Aside from the excitement of the landing itself, I think Ray would have especially loved these three things. First, the superstitious traditional passing of the jar of peanuts at the JPL control center in Pasadena. Second, the frequent reports of "heartbeat tones" coming from the lander (which made me think of a room full of intense doctors, carefully delivering a Martian child). And third, the wonderfully unbridled emotions and jubilant celebrations of the JPL controllers.
Emotionless technologists? I think not!
Congratulations to Ray and the human race. Great work!
John King Tarpinian
You know what you are, Mr. Bradbury? ... You are a poet! -- Aldous Huxley
Thanks, jkt, I forgot for a moment that Ray had access to all those places!
It was wonderful to see the first picture that came through showed the wheel safely resting on Martian soil.
In case anyone was wondering about reasons for going into space, here's a nice 1970 letter written by Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger:
(Of course, Ray said it more simply: we go to Mars in order to LIVE FOREVER!)
Since word has it things on the other side are simultaneous, perhaps he could be at both, though personally I like to think he observed from Mars.
What might Curiosity find as it ventures away from Bradbury Landing??
Perhaps a few fire balloons...
If not, I can't help thinking The Old Ones are watching...and somehow, smiling.
How about this?
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