When you think of a high tech apparatus like a space rover and the very serious world of space exploration, one usually doesn’t think funny, silly and hilarious, but this particular rover that landed on Mars? He’s got a sense of humor.
On Sunday, history was made when the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars and gave us the first images of this far off, once unreachable and unexplored planet after it successfully touched down on the surface of the red planet. And while the amazing staff at NASA celebrated this phenomenal achievement, Curiosity was being cheeky via Twitter. The rover, in a first person style, wrote:
“I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!” The Curiosity followed up with, photos proving it’s feat, “No photo or it didn’t happen? Well lookee here, I’m casting a shadow on the ground in Mars’ Gale crater.” They then released another picture tweeting, “It once was one small step… now it’s six big wheels. Here’s a look at one of them on the soil of Mars.”
I, for one, can totally appreciate the casual more approach to science. It’s brings a does of fun into the event, and this is a way that kids respond to. If science is too dry, many kids will just tune it out, but if there is a bit of silliness, kids (and many adults) will find themselves more engaged. While you can get the Curiosity Rover info in a more dry form from NASAs official Twitter feed, the Curiosity Rover feed is a fun one to follow.
Did you and your family watch the landing?
Photo Source: NASA /Twitter