I was watching the news last Sunday about NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover and I am quite ecstatic about its arrival on Mars as well. I watched the play-by-play of the entire event on the television. Well, given my age, I missed the first lunar landing America did. But the touchdown of Curiosity on Mars (even if it is not human) is fascinating. NASA mentioned that it used many new technologies to land the research robot safely into Mars.
Those who haven’t watched its play-by-play landing could refer to this video as to how it was delivered to Mars. The way the hovercraft was used was really cool. A gigantic rocket delivered the robot en route to Mars for about 8 months as a capsule is to guide it towards the red planet. Parachuting downward safely, the hovercraft slowly lowered the vessel onto the planet’s surface.
What’s really fascinating is that I’m following its progress on Mars using my twitter account. The rover has a twitter account here. Curiosity’s mission is to discover whether microbiological lifeforms exist on Mars. It tweets its journeys and photographs over its twitter account.
What is quite exciting is that the power of technology science has developed today. The way the rover was delivered was straight out of a sci-fi movie. Robots have been helpful as external explorers for mankind and they should be placed in history books as contributors to the continuity of the human race’s knowledge.