Hicks: Can you get a feature scan and pattern matching on him?
Van: No, he's smart, he never looks up.
Jones: Why does he have to look up?
Fiedler: The satellite is 155 miles above the Earth. It can only look straight down.
Jones: That's a bit limited, isn't it?
Van: [Sarcastically] Well, maybe you should design a better one.
Jones: Maybe I will idiot.
It is! The feed last night was great. Seeing all the tension and then the exhilaration; there's nothing like a bunch of NASA scientists and engineers all laughing and cheering and crying.
Interesting tidbit I learned from the press conference: Curiosity's nuclear generator creates a great deal of heat, so its PRIMARY purpose is to keep the rover warm (in addition to providing a 100W trickle charge to the batteries to run the vehicle, of course). That way they didn't have to waste power on auxiliary heaters.
That HiRISE shot of the landing is stunning. SHIVERS
Originally Posted by PotVsKtl
See that guy in the background talking loudly about crab cakes? That's you.
After spending yesterday at an amusement park and hearing quotes from the Lowest common denominator of the human race "Dat ride felt like I going to fly to outterspace" and "I only party with Sluts". Adults. It was refreshing and inspiring to watch that there are still brilliant minds pushing the human race to new heights.