IT’S BEING hailed as a “life-changing landing on Mars” and today is the day.
For the past eight years, I’ve been the Deputy Project Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, with its rover, Curiosity. It’s the most ambitious robotic mission ever undertaken by NASA, with scientific goals to match. We’re doing no less than delivering a state-of-the-art analytical chemistry laboratory to the surface of Mars, driving it up a three-mile-high stack of layered sediments, and attempting to determine whether our neighbor planet ever offered conditions suitable for life.
[...] As we said at the launch, and will say one more time on Sunday: Go MSL, and Go Curiosity!
UPDATE: The landing and some very fun GIFs from Buzzfeed.