August 6th, 2012

Sy Liebergot

Congrats Curiosity!

You've probably already heard that Curiosity has landed safely on Mars!

Fantastic. I was up watching just a bit of the NASA TV coverage -- the most important part, from just before atmospheric entry to receipt of the first pictures. It is always electric to watch. It stirs my fascination with and love of space and our efforts to explore. I get goosebumps watching those moments.

I have to admit, I didn't think they could pull it off. I was figuring about 3:1 against, quite honestly. Based on the complexity of this approach and the treacherous history of Mars missions... but I'm quite okay with being pleasantly surprised, let me tell you. :)

Bravo to the mission team and the engineers who poured time into this radical design!

Now we await to see what new mysteries await us on the red planet.
Sy Liebergot

Spacecraft Portraiture

This is a spectacular image.

This is a view of Curiosity* descending toward the surface while the parachute was still attached. What is mind-blowing is that this photo was taken by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. A spacecraft orbiting Mars took a picture of another spacecraft descending! Science! :)

*technically not the mission name but how everyone knows it