21st Century, Creativity, Innovation, Inspiration

Curiosity Abounds!

The landing of Curiosity on Mars was beyond amazing.  Here are five cool finds to share the awesomeness and bask in the wonder of Curiosity:

Mars Panoramic

Click on the image to access the interactive, panoramic photo

EDS Systems have stitched together a high-resolution interactive panorama of Curiosity’s landing site from where she’ll soon embark on at least two years of research and investigation of the red planet. (via Colossal)

7 Years in the Making

Thanks to Samaritan Blog, I watched this video is produced by an engineer working on JPL NASA’s Mars Rover.  In Mark’s own words:

I was able to work on NASA JPL’s Curiosity Mars Rover for 7 years. This video is an attempt to capture what it felt like to have 7 years of your life vindicated in the 7 minute landing. Honestly one of the coolest moments of my life so far.

All the pictures of hardware you see in the video are things that I worked on designing or testing or building. I got to work on the Sky Crane for 3-4 years then with some hardware on the Rover itself for the rest. My background in school is Mechanical Engineering.

We’re NASA and We Know It

A great take off of a well-known tune.  I think I like this one so much as it makes me think of the video my kids made last year of this song!  Very clever!

Words from the President

Upon hearing the news about the landing of Curiosity, President Obama spoke with the engineers at JPL and NASA.  He thanked the people for their “passion and commitment that is making a difference”. I love that. Imagine being thanked by the President for the passion and commitment you show in your place of work – your classroom!  President Obama concluded his conversation with these words:

“Really what makes us best as a species is this curiosity that we have and this yearning to discover more and more, and to push the boundaries of knowledge, and you are a perfect example of that.” – President Obama

Bobak Ferdowsi

Bobak who?  You may know him as “the mohawk guy”.  The guy admired by the President and parodied in the NASA and We Know It video.  Meet Bobak Ferdowsi and hear the story behind the hairstyle!

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