My mind has been filled with watching the Curiosity landing. I downloaded the NASA tv app for my iPad, set my alarm for 6 in the morning (I’m in Ireland) and watched with excitement as the events unfolded. This video from Russia Today really captures those moments beautifully. To hear “…the vehicle has started guided entry…” and “…we are decelerating…” and then the incredible, “Touchdown confirmed. We are safe on Mars.” Chills, that’s all I can say!
I thought it took courage to make this such a huge cultural event on NASA’s part. It could be argued that given the public perception of NASA inactivity that they had no choice but to bring the focus back on them. Still with the odds being pretty even as to whether it would be a success or a failure, I’m glad it worked out and I’m really looking forward to hearing about the Mars mission.
Live video showing the first footage from the surface of Mars was available at NASA TV, during the late hours of August 5, 2012 PDT, including interviews with the mission team. The NASA website momentarily became unavailable from the overwhelming number of people visiting it, and a 13-minute NASA excerpt of the landings on its YouTube channel was halted an hour after the landing by a roboticDMCA takedown notice from Scripps Local News, which prevented access for several hours. Around 1,000 people gathered in New York City’s Times Square, to watch NASA’s live broadcast of Curiosity’s landing, as footage was being shown on the giant Toshiba Vision LED television screen.
Bobak Ferdowsi, a JPL systems engineer, became an internet meme and attained Twitter celebrity status, with 20,000 new followers subscribing to his Twitter account, due to his Mohawk hairstyle with yellow stars, which he wore for the televised broadcast.
NASA and Microsoft released “Mars Rover Landing”, a free downloadable game on Xbox Live that uses Kinect to capture body motions, which allows users to simulate the “seven minutes of terror” landing sequence.
What an amazing achievement and how incredible to be living in times where everyone having access to watching the Curiosity landing is possible.
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