Let me tell you something, funny boy … You know that little agency? The one that says NASA? Well, that may not mean anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole helluva lot. Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I’ve seen your type before — flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking … Why’s this guy making such a big stink about old red rocks? Let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without knowing what’s on Mars, people like you and me …. Maybe. Sure, we’re too old to change the world. What about that kid, sitting down, looking through a telescope in a planetarium and finding pictures of pee-pees and wee-wees on the Red Planet. Doesn’t he deserve better? This is about that kid’s right to look at pics on NASA.gov without getting his mind warped. Or maybe that turns you on, Curiosity … Maybe that’s how you get your kicks … You and your goodtime buddies… I’ve got a flash for you, joy boy: Partytime is over.
Neil deGrasse Tyson — the People’s Astrophysicist, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Moonwalker Extraordinaire, Hero to the Nerds — dropped by Politics Powered By Twitter on Wednesday to chat with Slade Sohmer and Lee Brenner about why it’s more critical than ever that the U.S. government continue reaching for the stars. In this far-reaching interview, the hosts got out of Tyson’s way and let him go off on the importance of space exploration.
It’s okay to stare at the sun when it’s this freakin’ magnificent! Read about what’s happening and why Curiosity is powered down on Mars.
The makers of this vid, which parodies “Dumb Ways to Die,” really know the Internet. Curiosity Rover, check. Twinkies, check. A cat, check. Daleks, check. Nixon jokes, check. Half-Life 3, Richard Nixon, EVE from Wall-E … it’s all happening.
There’s a little noise reduction, color balance and sharpening, but this is all Mars, baby. Now that the MARDI descent imager has sent home its full collection of 1600 by 1200 images, NASA could piece together a video of the landing. Missing frames were interpolated using thumbnail data.
Curiosity on Mars is awesome. @MarsCuriosity, the Twitter account, is cool too! Listen here as the people behind the account talk about NASA and social media.
This ’90s ad is awesome. And newly relevant! NASA engineers watch Martian footage, unaware that it’s actually an alien-produced Hewlitt-Packard print.
NBC has a 6 hour delay for events 3000 miles away. NASA has a 15 minute delay for an event 150,000,000 miles away.