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    Wow. Just wow.

    Maybe this belongs under Public Policy, but somehow it seems more appropriate to post it under Success Stories.

    It's the video of the landing of the Mars rover Perseverence.

    I took the time last week to watch as the landing took place. You never saw so many nervous people in the same room. Understandably so, since a lot of them had spent the last decade of their lives on this, and it all comes down to a few seconds of terror.

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    It is awesome. Wonder what further lies ahead.
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    I saw that on TV last week as well, oldhat! It was amazing--I can't wrap my mind around how all that happens. It was so exciting being "in the room" with them at the point of the successful landing.

    I'm looking forward to hearing about what they learn.
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    I also saw it and totally agree - simply amazing!
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    Not to politicize it, but I'm a little surprised I haven't seen reports of conspiracy theorists debunking the landing as fake (I've seen some where people claim the snow in Texas was fake). Maybe science and the scientific method really can show us new things.
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    It reminded me of the first Mars landing (was it?) when everyone held their breath, but I have too little imagination to be enraptured by empty, rocky planets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    It reminded me of the first Mars landing (was it?) when everyone held their breath, but I have too little imagination to be enraptured by empty, rocky planets.
    For me it adds data to the answer to my burning question about earth-ceptionalism... If we are only one planet in a whole galaxy, and maybe others, that has met all the requirements for evolving life forms in such prolific quantity and variety, isn't that a simply miraculous thing??? We have either simply happenstanced ourselves into a winning the Powerball of chemical reactions or ... (save that part for the Spirituality forum).
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    I was amazed at the quality of the video. So clear. You had to remind yourself--this is really out there! The rover only just landed and it left for its journey last July!

    I read something this morning I thought was cool. The deputy project manager is a gymnastics dad. He got the idea to film Perseverance's descent after his daughter wore a camera while performing a backflip. I never really think of these space scientist nerds in terms of being regular people.
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    We have children here who are food compromised, people out of work and possibly living on the streets and we are wasting money on this. It makes no sense at this time IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugal-one View Post
    We have children here who are food compromised, people out of work and possibly living on the streets and we are wasting money on this. It makes no sense at this time IMO.
    While I don't disagree, I do wonder whether any of the money used for this would have made it to, let alone resolve/eliminate those issues. I can't help but wonder if the problem isn't more the ever-widening economic/income gap that exists not only in this country, but around the world. Wouldn't closing that gap do more to help remedy the food compromised, unemployed, homeless, etc.? Just wondering.
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