The Thoughtful Animal

The Thoughtful Animal

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Sunday Photoblogging: Curious about Curiosity


Last weekend, NASA successfully launched the Mars Science Laboratory - called Curiosity, which is currently well on its way towards the red planet.

Back in May, I went to an Open House at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. What a refreshing sight it was to see so many people – couples, families, grandparents and grandchildren, groups of teenagers – coming to a scientific laboratory to learn about space and science! But the real reason I was there was to see Curiosity. Visitors could only see it from a closed viewing area high above the clean room where the rover, about the size of an SUV, was being built.

It boggles my mind to think: that contraption that I saw being built in Pasadena is now millions of miles away, en route to another planet.

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The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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