Last night for the first time in awhile, NASA put a vehicle on Mars. Nearly eleven-million viewers tuned in to watch the Curiosity rover touch down on the red planet, but since it happened after 1am on a work-night, there’s a good chance that you may not have been able to stay up to see it.
We’ve got you covered.
Now the recorded version of last night’s live broadcast is online and, while you won’t actually see a lot of Curiosity since its cameras didn’t activate until after its on the ground, you will get to see the fantastic, over-the-top reactions of NASA’s engineers as the rover touched down safely and they all declared success. You’ve never seen happier nerds. This is worth your time. Celebrate with them…
If you were watching the live broadcast last night you know that the celebration actually went on for quite awhile after this video ends. In fact there was so much celebrating that repeated calls for everyone to sit down and start paying attention to the data were completely ignored. That’s what it looks like when you work hard and achieve something, folks. Well done, NASA.
Now make it a point to pay attention to the discoveries they’ll make on the Martian surface. You can start by looking at the first three photos sent back by the Curiosity rover right here.