Every once in a while I like to get my mind off religious idiots and terrestrial oppression. It’s nice to take a break from bullshit and think about important mind blowing stuff. NASA has just launched Curiosity. “The mission will pioneer precision landing technology and a sky-crane touchdown to place Curiosity near the foot of a mountain inside Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012. During a nearly two-year prime mission after landing, the rover will investigate whether the region has ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life, including the chemical ingredients for life.”
Okay, think about that for a minute. Mars is a long way away. It’s moving. So are we. And there are some human beings with the mathematical acumen to softly touch down on that planet more than nine months from now. Unmanned. No pilot guiding the landing. Everything pre-planned and controlled right from planet earth. If that doesn’t give you respect for science and technology, you’re in the wrong species.
I’m humbled by this achievement. Normally I think of myself as a fairly smart person, but this goes beyond anything I could even imagine. It really is rocket science.
So in August, if things go as planned, we will have a remote controlled car rolling around on Mars, drilling into the soil and analyzing samples. I remember when Sputnik got the attention of the media, and shook America out of its science complacency. To think that just a little over half a century has passed and we have our toys on Mars… the mind boggles. I think I shall rejoice. This is the best time to be alive in the history of humanity, and we’re here to witness it.
I have my fingers crossed. Can’t wait to see the results.
Just wow. We’re living in science fiction.