Watching Curiosity Land. Just Too Cool

This was so cool. I stayed up to watch the landing of the Mars Rover. I felt like a little kid again.

First images:


New photos from Mars Rover Curiositas:


I watched it again and it gave me goose-flesh, again.


Shorter, of just the landing:


In the meantime, doesn’t Marvin remind you of a liberal Jesuit?



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  1. Thom says:

    Just glorious!

  2. Andreas says:

    Watched it all as it happened from here in Austria. The incredible complexity of this entry and landing…the magnificence of what Man can accomplish through his intellect, technology and drive and dreams, even whilst surrounded by those small man-made madnesses that in these moments of triumph pale in their importance. Relish this grand accomplishment, for it shows us our very best side.

  3. acroat says:

    I am always distracted for these events & am looking for my cousin’s hubby who works at JPL. Thanks for posting the picture!

  4. worm says:

    The illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator! That creature has stolen the space modulator!

  5. Where do I find the video to watch it since I missed the actual landing?

  6. wanda says:

    Hey, I always wondered what happened to Marty, Marvin? the Martian! Stayed up to watch, kept the sound pretty low. I love the reaction from all the people in the control room. How far beyond our wildest imaginings. What hath God wrought.

  7. torch621 says:

    Yippee, now when are we going to send people to Mars?

  8. LiteratureAddict,

    You asked

    Where do I find the video to watch it…?

    I regret to inform you that given the paltry budget of $2,500,000,000.00 NASA had for the entire project, they just didn’t have the funds to make a video for the general public. Tough times, don’t you know. ;-)

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer

  9. irishgirl says:

    I heard the reaction to the landing overnight on the radio.
    I’m glad that you provided these videos, Father Z! Thank you!
    ‘What hath God wrought’, indeed!

  10. onearmsteve says:

    NASA, an unconstitutional big gov’t agency that uses OPM (other people’s money) to do things. The Mars thing, yeah its cool, was billions of money we do not have. Amazing, yet verrrry expensive, photos here. Aren’t we broke? Those NASA guys are celebrating easily b/c they used our money to play Captain Kirk. Now they are there looking for life. So if they find an amoeba fart they will prclaim “LIFE!!” meanwhile they will say life starts here after a kid learns algebra

  11. Supertradmum says:

    onearmsteve, you probably, therefore, would not have approved of the Catholic Monarchs, a title given to Isabella and Ferdinand of Castile and Aragon for supporting four voyages of Christopher Columbus. The Church has always supported legitimate science and exploration. It is in the nature of humans to explore. If one wants the government to cut back on money, start with other notoriously expensive projects. Here is a list to start with…

    #1 The U.S. government is spending $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

    #2 The Obama administration plans to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars helping students from Indonesia get master’s degrees.

    #3 If you can believe it, the U.S. government has spent $175,587 “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”.

    #4 The U.S. government spent $200,000 on “a tattoo removal program” in Mission Hills, California.

    #5 The federal government has shelled out $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research on video games such as World of Warcraft. Wouldn’t we all love to have a “research job” like that?

    #6 The Department of Health and Human Services plans to spend $500 million on a program that will, among other things, seek to solve the problem of 5-year-old children that “can’t sit still” in a kindergarten classroom.

    #7 Fannie Mae is about to ask the federal government for another $4.6 billion bailout, and it will almost certainly get it.

    #8 The federal government once spent 30 million dollars on a program that was designed to help Pakistani farmers produce more mangos.

    #9 The U.S. Department of Agriculture once gave researchers at the University of New Hampshire $700,000 to study methane gas emissions from dairy cows.

    #10 According to USA Today, 13 different government agencies “fund 209 different science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs — and 173 of those programs overlap with at least one other program.”

    Catholics have always supported intellectual endeavors. It is part of who we are.

  12. Supertradmum says:

    correction, Ferdinand and Isabella were given the title by the Pope in their efforts to uphold doctrine in their areas…not specifically for exploration. I wrote that incorrectly. Still, their support of Columbus meant that Catholicism came to the New World.

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