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Aug. 21, 2012

Mars Moment -- An Engineer's POV

by Leslie Taylor

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I am likely to get a lump in my throat when I see someone experiencing vindication for their hard work -- a standing ovation in a packed theater, olympic athletes receiving their medals, you get the idea. Needless to say, I loved this video by Mark Rober, an engineer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who worked on Mars Curiosity Rover for seven years. I defy you to not be moved by his first person account of the "seven minutes of terror."
 
Rober concludes:
It's a crazy thought that something I've designed, I've touched, I've built, I've integrated, I've tested, is now safely resting on another frigging planet. It's a crazy feeling.
For more about the "Mars Madness" office pool shown in the video, check out Gizmodo's coverage.
 
And for more from the engineers whose products are now on another planet, enjoy Flora's behind the scenes tour of Honeybee Robotics, a lab that built parts for Curiosity.
About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is the online editor at Workboat.com and NationalFisherman.com. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be. She is also Science Friday's former web editor.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

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