Human Curiosity lands on Mars


Grist

If you watched the Olympic opening ceremonies (or, you know, have access to the internet), you’ll recognize this photo.

The five rings, showering sparks as though newly forged, hung in the center of Olympic Stadium. When the sparks slowed and then stopped, five glowing Olympic rings hung in the sky.

But there was a bug. One or two of the showers didn’t stop. The rings hung there — sensational, massive, amazing — but with a glitch, a pimple on the face of the whole affair. This little spout of flame. This one little problem. What does $42 million buy you? A nearly perfect display.

I couldn’t help but think about that little glitch last night — at 1 in the morning Eastern — as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) neared the red planet.

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