This is the first time I’ve ever woken up to do a post, but I’m watching the Mars lander. At 12:22 AM Central time (US), all is well.
12:26 AM: Guided entry started
12:29: Parachute deployed
12:31: Parachute jettisoned; powered descent beginning. All still ok.
12:32: TOUCHDOWN!!!! Delirium in the control room—years of effort vindicated!
12:34: Pictures are being broadcast, though I can’t quite make out what is being shown. Ah, now I can; the rover’s wheel is resting on the Martian surface.
Two live pictures from Curiosity. It’s resting on the Martian surface and you can see the horizon as a curvature in the right-hand photo, as well as a wheel of the rover Curiosity (lower right). I believe the left-hand photo was taken before the dust had settled.
How can anyone have watched this and think that science and scientists are cold and unfeeling? What an emotional moment, to have labored so long to achieve such a success. And this is just the beginning: now we’ll begin getting data about what things are like on Mars.
This tired but excited boy is going back to bed. Those still watching, please keep posting as new information or photos come in.