By now, I hope most of you have heard or read that NASA successfully landed the Curiosity rover on Mars. It was an exciting sequence of events that led up to the moment of touchdown. Watching live, it seemed to me that everything went just as smoothly as could be hoped. We didn’t even have to wait very long for the first set of pictures to be beamed back to Earth.
Though two phases of the project have now been successfully completed, the third and most important phase has yet to begin. The rover will now have to utilize all its sensors, experiments, cameras, and equipment to fulfill its scientific mission. We don’t know what challenges Curiosity will face once that starts. Hopefully, it will continue to be smooth sailing. I’m excited to see what Curiosity discovers in the months to come.