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
Everything good so far. The seven minutes of terror is more like seven minutes of adrenaline and cold sweat. I don't know about anyone else here, but I feel like I could punch out a bear.
There's a very good chance we'll receive communication from the satellite tonight! Looks like Mars Odyssey and Curiosity will have a love connection after all. Tones are coming in. Everything looks good so far. But remember, by the time this is posted, Curiosity is on the ground in one way or another. As of this writing, the rover is trying
- 1) Watch the olympics. Just not NBC's coverage. It's nationally myopic and just terrible. Also, Bob Costas' hair hasn't visibly changed since 1996. That's creepy.
- 2) Travel and find yourself
- 3) Take up a new hobby. Like spelunking.
- 4) Check out this interactive simulation: