We should all be so lucky as to experience in our own careers the elation on display in this video from the JPL operations center during last night’s Curiosity landing.
It’s difficult to overstate how remarkable this feat is. We dropped a fucking portable lab on another fucking planet from a hovering fucking rocket! I mean, fuck! Government can still accomplish plenty when it keeps its focus. Take that, Tea Party naysayers.
And no, I didn’t manage to watch the proceedings live. I had every intention of doing so, but my aging brain decided that sleep was a higher priority.