So much awesome when our powers are used for good.
1969: Apollo 11 lands on the moon. The technology is a fraction of what an iPhone has, but it works. I was a child, watching on television in the living room; the signal came from the antenna on the roof of the house.
2012: Curiosity lands on Mars. The technology is "the most challenging mission ever attempted in the history of robotic planetary exploration." I watch on a glass and metal machine from the future, in my lap, my child asleep beside me, as a jet-fired hover crane lowers a robot the size of a Mini Cooper, onto Mars -- who emails us photos, from the other side of the sun.
The Gemini and Apollo programs made me love space, science, and tech; I hope
#curiosity does this for kids everywhere, today and tomorrow.
Lots of amazing photos:
As seen on live streaming, the visualized animation:
|Landing a robot on Mars :: Instant meme|
The internet started as a government program; NASA and science are government programs for the future.