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Let's go team Curiosity!

218.366: If you haven't heard, the NASA rover Curiosity is planned to land on the planet Mars at 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6). Although many seem to recognize there is a very low probability of the landing going successful, I wish the teams all the best. It's such a unique landing - they will not be using the typical airbag landing approach because the rover is simply too large and is too heavy. Instead, they will be using a platform which has rockets attached to it in order to lower the rover via cables to the planet's surface. There are a lot of systems which must trigger succesfully each at their specific time. Can't wait to hear for the best. Check out the NASA site:


TOUCHDOWN! Curiosity rover is now on Mars... Congrats to the folks at NASA / JPL on this huge achievement! New supersonic parachute and sky crane technology works!


I've choosen this photo, taken back in April 2012 at the Brookfield Zoo, of the immature bald eagle to represent this moment.


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Taken on August 5, 2012