This is it.
You know that scene at the end of Apollo 13 when the capsule splashed down and Mission Control erupts into unbridled jubilation? Multiply that by a thousand. I’m so coked up on the room’s energy that I can barely type.
Everything went perfectly. No problems with communicating, entry, landing, nor descent. An untested landing strategy has proven effective. And right now, the first Hazcam thumbnails are coming in. They’re grainy, hazy, and of low resolution, but right now they’re the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen.
I have one word for you, friends.
Pack your bags. We’re about to go exploring, and we’ve got a long, exciting journey ahead of us on the Red Planet.