(No, not here. There. You know. The Red Planet!)
Are you planning on tuning in to CNN tonight – late – or to NASA?
What’s not to love about pure science? Space exploration in search of life? And to Mars at that?
All sarcasm aside, I am still enamored of space exploration, not to mention the pursuit of those “big questions” to better understand our universe and ourselves.
Who doesn’t remember My Favorite Martian – if not the original series in the 1960s with Ray Walston, then in syndication or possibly the movie version? And if you’re French, perhaps you recall Henri Salvador whose incarnation of dancing and singing martians is wonderfully wacky?
Maybe you prefer the Sesame Street version of a Mars Landing… on Earth?
As a kid, I couldn’t get enough Isaac Asimov and then, Star Trek. And I still recall the excitement of the lunar landing in July 1969, though I was a child at the time. I realize those were very different days, but for some of us, landing a robot on Mars after eight months in space and some ten years of work is too. cool. for. words.
Are you curious about the ship known as “Curiosity” and what the scientists are calling 7 minutes of terror, waiting to see if the rover will land safely or crash?
I’ll be tuning in tonight – to CNN or NASA (streaming the landing live, I believe). What about you?