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  • Quendi

    I've been monitoring the NASA website and have seen confirmation that Curiosity has successfully touched down on Mars!! We're another step closer to sending a manned mission to the Red Planet. This is the boldest venture yet, with a two-year mission slated to gather data that will go a long way to answering questions about this mysterious world. As a former intern for NASA, I'm proud of the Agency's latest accomplishment and another advance in planetary science.

    Curiosity sent this message back to Earth: "I'm safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!"


  • Rabbit

    I couldn't go to sleep either without knowing !!! Congrats to the eggheads at NASA !

  • CaptainSchmideo

    Quendi, I would love to hear what it takes to get an internship at NASA. I have a son who is a math/science wunderkind.

    And what a great experience tonight! Hearing the excitement in the announcer's voice as he was reading the telemetry, and the explosion of joy in that room was thrilling!

  • cedars

    Fantastic news to wake up to. This put a smile on my face. The landing was the stuff of science fiction, and I'm amazed it worked successfully.

    A true feat of human ingenuity. Let's hope this little robot tells us more about the red planet.


  • kurtbethel

    It has returned a color image a few minutes ago.

  • Wayward Son
    Wayward Son

    I've always been a huge fan of NASA and the shuttle program, space station, rover projects, just about anything they put their hand to. However, these days I question the financial responsibility of such ventures.

    I remain mesmerized, but not surprised by yet another NASA triumph. Those people really know what they're doing.

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  • The Oracle
    The Oracle

    Very cool!

  • Quendi

    A lot of people are breathing easier today now that Curiosity is in Gale Crater on Mars. Getting to Mars was a tremendous challenge in itself as the robot weighed more than a short ton. Then it had to slow down from 13,000 mph/20,920 kph to a dead stop. That takes meticulous planning where everything must be absolutely perfect. The next several weeks will be occupied with calibrations and other prep work before the real exploration begins.

    @ Captain Smideo: I got my internship with NASA in part through good luck. I attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and CU is one of the leading universities in the world in space science. Six CU postgraduates have been astronauts. CU people have built instrument packages for the Space Shuttle; sent experiments into space; had a hand in launching orbital telescopes and interplanetary probes; and have been involved with maintaining satellites in LEO. So there was already a relationship between the University and the Agency, making acquiring an internship easier than it might have been otherwise. The Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is affiliated with CU and that is where I did my internship. I applied for a spot on the space flight team that LASP advertised in the campus newspaper and to my amazement was accepted. My majors were geography and mathematics and I’m sure that helped considerably.

    My advice to your son is to first talk to different department chairs of his school. If he is majoring in astronomy, engineering, mathematics, physics, or some other science, he should start there. The department(s) can then get him in touch with NASA about internships. Tell him to make his desire for an internship known and he should cultivate any and every relationship at his school that will make it possible. If he is majoring in some other field, he should still start talking to the math/physics/astronomy people as well as the chair of his major’s department. He will find that people will bend over backward to help him, but he has to make his desires known. Also, he can contact LASP directly to inquire about internships at Believe me, there are far worse places to spend a summer than Boulder, Colorado!

    @ Wayward Son: I understand your reservations and share them. But there have been so many wonderful benefits we have gotten from the space program which have had impact on everyday life here on Earth. I don’t doubt that Curiosity will not only make some fantastic new discoveries, but the technology employed to reach Mars will be applied to numerous devices which can improve life for many right here. Seen in that light, the $2.5 billion spent on this mission is a wise investment. Besides, I’d rather see the money spent this way than on useless and wasteful military adventures like Iraq and Afghanistan.

    @ kurthbethel: LOL at the picture!! Where did you find it? I’d love to download it onto my computer and share it with others.


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