Finally, some real science from NASA rather than the usual climate change junk science from NASA’s resident ecoloon – Dr. James Hansen.
After travelling eight-and-a-half months and 352 million miles, Nasa's rover Curiosity finally landed on Mars at 5.33 GMT (1.33 EDT) this morning.
Check out all the boffins celebrating!
Curiosity's goal (cue the Star Trek intro): To scour for basic ingredients essential for life, including carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur and oxygen. It's not equipped to search for living or fossil microorganisms. To get a definitive answer, a future mission needs to fly Martian rocks and soil back to Earth to be examined by powerful laboratories.
It just goes to show what we (humans) can do when we put our collective minds to good use.
Well done, NASA.