Geeks world wide were whipped into a frenzy this afternoon as the wizards at NASA delivered their latest toy, the 2,000 lb “Curiosity Rover”, onto the surface of Mars. Yes, that’s right, Mars.
Apparently we’re still convinced that there is, or at least was, life on Mars at one point or another and gosh darn it we’re going to zap rocks with lasers and take samples of red dust until we damn well prove it! There’s gotta be a show-boating single-celled organism up there somewhere looking for its five minutes of fame, surely?
The “Curiosity Rover” itself notified the world of its successful landing via its very own Twitter account – with pictures of its own wheel and everything. We’ve sure come a long way since Neil Armstrong set foot on the surface of the moon and uttered those forever famous words, “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for man kind.”
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) August 6, 2012
All “geek & nerd” jokes aside, and there were plenty thrown around within my team alone, when you take a moment to pause and consider the magnitude of this achievement by NASA, it’s pretty mind-blowing and something that wasn’t lost on me just moments after the first pictures were beamed back to the earth and around the world via the interwebs:
— MΛSΞY (@masey) August 6, 2012
Considering all of the hype that this historical event commanded this afternoon, all eyes will be on the team receiving any further communications and images from “Curiosity” in the coming days and weeks. Let’s be honest, we’re all just hanging out for that first hi-res image we can adorn our 27″ iMac screens with. I’ll keep you posted…
UPDATE: Colour 360 Panorama
It didn’t take enterprising, NASA-loving photographer Andrew Bodrov long to stitch together from the various images being beamed back to earth, the following 360 degree, full colour panorama of the red dusty landscape around the Mars Curiosity Rover. Pretty surreal stuff.
Best viewed in full-screen mode (obviously)…