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.

Whoever is doing the Curiosity’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.