Yesterday was first anniversary of the Curiosity rover touching down on on Mars. Remember the “Seven Minutes of Terror” video describing the crazy plan to get it to Mars? That WORKED? Remember Bobak? Remember when we all “dared mighty things”?

In the past year, my hope for humanity has ebbed and flowed. But when I remember that humanity put a ROBOT  on MARS that is doing SCIENCE and sending us PICTURES, I feel better. (I also apparently get all shouty and Salinger-esque with my emphasis.)

Good job, Curiosity. Keep it up.


Above: the rover’s first photo from, you know, the surface of Mars. And lots more science and recaps (and less shouting) over at Bad Astronomy.