Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Curiosity – a triumph for science, humanity, and the future

Image: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
It is hard not to be caught by the whirlwind of excitement caused by the safe landing of Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Many of us dreaded the “seven minutes of terror” when there was no communication with the vessel as it made its way to the surface. Curiosity will explore a large area and will travel quite a bit in an attempt to collect samples and conduct experiments that attempt to answer whether the building blocks of life exist on that planet. The landing is a triumph for scientists the world over, for NASA, and man’s quest for knowledge.