"Maybe we’re on Mars because of the magnificent science that can be done there - the gates of the wonder world are opening in our time. Maybe we’re on Mars because we have to be, because there’s a deep nomadic impulse built into us by the evolutionary process, we come after all, from hunter gatherers, and for 99.9% of our tenure on Earth we’ve been wanderers. And, the next place to wander to, is Mars. But whatever the reason you’re on Mars is, I’m glad you’re there. And I wish I was with you.”
— Carl Sagan
Happy Birthday, Curiosity…
Curiosity Rover team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., re-live the dramatic Aug. 6, 2012 landing and the mission’s achievements to date in an event aired on NASA Television and the agency’s website. In the year since inspiring millions of people worldwide with its one-of-a-kind landing in a crater on the Red Planet, Curiosity has achieved its primary scientific objective; finding evidence that ancient Mars could have sustained microbial life and has returned invaluable scientific data and images.
This is worth every minute of your time. Join the team who made it possible (us included) and celebrate Curiosity through the eyes of the people who know her best.
Tis my birthday too
Today I observed an interesting phenomenon with the SEM. While imaging a radiolarian at 20kv, the sample became completely statically charged. When I switched back to 1kv it behaved as a spherical mirror to electrons, revealing a distorted reflection of the inside of the electron microscope!