I just thought I leave this here. Some major good news for potential colonists.
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Well, NASA has announced the Curiosity Rover has made a discovery on Mars but this is all for now. Apparently, someone has also said that, if the discovery is confirmed, it will be one for the history books.
Of course, everybody is now lurking for the announcement of LIFE ON MARS! but let us keep our cool and wait for the results, OK? I should not make such a statement, I can hardly keep calm myself…
Today I feel great. Today is one of the days I will look back upon as proof that mankind can achieve great things when we put our hearts, minds and strength to it. The Mars Science Laboratory Mission (MSL) is a prime example of what comes out when we use our talents and (to quote out of context but rather fittingly from Odyssey 2010):
Use them together, use them in peace.
MSL represents the combined efforts of (in no particular order) The USA, the UK, Spain, Finland, Germany, France, Russia and Canada. I am excited about the discoveries, the Curiosity rover will make, I can hardly describe it. This morning, while on the train to work I kept refreshing both my Twitter-stream and the CNN App constantly until the elevating and relieving news of successful touch-down came through.
Today is a day I feel great and I feel extra-great because I am a science-nerd and astronomy enthusiast!
And now for some eye-candy, all images (c) Nasa and in the public domain!
First, schematics of the landing, all went according to plan:
The first picture from Mars by Curiosity:
And mission control in a well deserved moment of joy:
Oh happy day! Have a great one, everybody!
I am on the train right now, so I can not do much to celebrate the safe arrival of the Curiosity on Mars, but I can share this tweet:
#MSL: Here’s a better picture where you can see the @MarsCuriosity shadow in Gale Crater on Mars http://t.co/hzo1lLA3 — NASA (@NASA)
As an astronomy geek, I simply had to share this one, the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory:
Apart from the obvious science and sheer power of technology involved in here, it is also interesting to see how much actual space travel differs from early visions.
Although rockets have been around for centuries, even millenia, they were not seriously considered as methods for space exploration until the early 20th century.
Cannons remained the favourite tool for space exploration for a comparatively long time, but thus far, no large object has been brought even into orbit via cannon. Project HARPwas the closest anyone has ever gotten to turning a space cannon into reality. The project has long been abandoned.
Antigravity of course is completely out of the question, since the concept violates our understanding of how gravity works.
In the end, that’s OK, because we have tried, tested and functional rocket technology, and I can hardly wait for the Curiosity Rover to reach Mars.