You may have heard there's a new rover that's just about to make an edge-of-our-seat landing on Mars. You can read all about the Mars rover Curiosity -- and watch PopSci all weekend, for live updates from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory!
I'm on a flight to Los Angeles today and I'll be writing updates here at PopSci.com and on Twitter throughout the weekend. It's a space nerd's dream, as my colleague Clay Dillow put it -- and I am excited to share it all with you guys!
Tune in for a behind-the-scenes peek at JPL, updates from the guys who designed Curiosity's "seven minutes of terror" landing, and more. And get some coffee for Sunday night, when Curiosity is scheduled to land on the Red Planet at 10:31 p.m. Pacific time, 1:31 a.m. on the East coast.
Mars would be cool. We'd all be using jetpacks if we were on Mars. They'd actually be cost effective there. We could be enjoying a jetpack rollerderby on Saturday nights. But no, we gotta be here, with no jetpack rollerderby.
They can call it seven minutes of terror if they want, but I won't be scared. I already know that much. Some billing, guys.
If it survives the landing, is the plan to aim a future lander at it, just for good measure? See, luck MAY operate totally different than it does here on Earth. Would that be worth a government study grant? Seems like it would meet their past criteria.