"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have only been a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay before me all undiscovered."

— Sir Isaac Newton (via skerwin)

maggieconnelly:

http://society6.com/vondellswain/Wanderers-MSLCuriosity-Commemoration-Print#1=45

Lovely. 
wilwheaton:

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edwardspoonhands:

The Top Five Coolest Things About the  Mars Curiosity Rover

I would add that another mission of Curiosity would be to find out not only “was there/is there life on Mars?” but also “Can we become life on Mars?”

Curiosity has a fandom and ships. The flight director, Bobak Ferdowski, has fanart and an fyeah blog.

Tumblr, this is why you are my favorite website.

calvinngonline:

“Hello! Right on time, now, are we?”

<3

calvinngonline:

“Hello! Right on time, now, are we?”

<3

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sirwoods:

At approximately 10:31 p.m. PT on August 5, the Mars Science Laboratory, or MSL, aka Curiosity successfully landed on Mars. Wow…just wow… I can’t explain to you guys the joy that overtook me as we got word of the successful landing. A decade of work from over 500 people came to fruition at…

THIS IS WHY I LOVE NASA AND SCIENCE. ALL OF THIS POST, RIGHT HERE.

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origamybills:

In case you missed it, this is the 14 minutes of footage in the control room during the Mars landing

Glad someone captured this! Watch & love.

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Dear Space-Haters tellin’ the Curiosity fandom to calm down

edwardspoonhands:

redplainsrider:

YES! CURIOSITY FANDOM! We should write songs and ship it with Opportunity. Though the size disparity might be problematic. 

Curiosity/Opportunity OTP!  And then they need to go save Spirit and make it an OT3!

&lt;3

<3

LOVE that the internet has collectively downed NASA’s websites, even at this time of night, to geek out over Curiosity.  WAY TO GO WORLD!  WAY TO GO NASA!

Everyone in Mission Control is now so Official, except occassionally you’ll hear a little chuckle. :)

Whoever is doing the Curiosity&#8217;s Twitter feed needs all the internet awards, pronto!

Whoever is doing the Curiosity’s Twitter feed needs all the internet awards, pronto!

"We have wheels on Mars!"

— NASA scientist reacting to the Curiosity rover’s successful landing on the surface of Mars.  There are astronomers, physicists and engineers weeping at JPL right now. Really moving.

I hope that EMTs will be provided to Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists during the seven minutes it will take for the Curiosity rover to decelerate from 17,000 to 0 mph on its descent to the Martian surface.  The scariest part looks to be right at the very end: if the rover’s “umbilical cord” fails to be cut, the landing module could drag the rover with it on its last, doomed flight.  We’ll find out if the landing was successful at 1:30 AM EST this morning.