Posted by Brad @ 4:07 pm on August 6th 2012

Incredible

Sometimes, you just have to step back and stare dumbly in amazement at the human species.

This is a photograph taken by the Mars orbiter of the Mars curiosity rover in its second to last phase of being dropped on Mars. The last phase, by the way, was when the rover was held aloft by a jetback, and that jetback lowered it to the surface by a self-contained space-crane.



This is how they did that.

Did I mention this was FUCKING MARS??! A fucking automobile-sized roving space lab, being parachuted, then held aloft via jetpack, then lowered by the jetpack on a space-crane, ON FUCKING MARS?! And we could get our fucking MARS RECONNAISANCE ORBITER to take a picture of it?

Sorry if the f-words get us caught in an adult filter, but really nothing else gets across the point.

5 Comments »

  1. WE WERE FUCKING MONKEYS UNTIL VERY RECENTLY.

    Comment by Brad — 8/6/2012 @ 4:14 pm

  2. In fact, depending on how old you are, you are only a great- or two away from having a grandparent who lived in a world with no electricity, indoor plumbing, photography, and the average human being never went more than fifty miles from where they were born.

    NOW WE ARE DROPPING CARS ON MARS WITH FUCKING JETPACKS AND HAVING OUR MARS SATELLITES, WHICH WE TOTALLY HAVE, TAKE PICTURES AND SENDING THAT SHIT BACK TO EARTH. AND THEN THAT CAR WILL GO AROUND DRILLING AND TAKING PICTURES AND GETTING RC COMMANDS FROM SOME FUCKING OFFICE IN PASADENA.

    AND WE ONLY FIGURED THIS SHIT OUT IN YOUR DAD’S LIFETIME!!!

    Comment by Brad — 8/6/2012 @ 4:20 pm

  3. Oh, and did I mention we currently have a working piece of space electronics, that was sent out in the fucking FORD administration, 10.5 fucking billion miles away?! That is a thing that we shot out into fucking space when this song was #1 on the charts – three months before my birth – and it has traveled 10.5 BILLION miles since!!!!!

    AND IT’S NOT EVEN THE FARTHEST THING WE HAVE OUT THERE!!!

    Comment by Brad — 8/6/2012 @ 4:26 pm

  4. Yes, but that shit will totally fuck us when it merges with the alien energy space cloud.

    Comment by Jack — 8/6/2012 @ 7:21 pm

  5. The thing that’s even further out, Voyager 1 is also working. It’s actually in the process of leaving the influence of our sun and voyaging out into interstellar space. It is 120 Astronomical Units away. One AU is the distance from Earth to the Sun which is 93 million miles. We puny little humans who were still dicking around with horse drawn plows and steam power a century ago have sent a small piece of this planet so far that the sun’s power is no longer measurable.

    Oh yeah one other thing about that car we just lowered onto Mars with a rocket powered hovering crane: it’s nuclear powered. We’re dropping nuclear powered cars onto other planets.

    There’s a great quote from a guy named Matt Ridley who wrote ‘The Rational Optimist’ that I found in another (excellent) book called ‘Abundance’ written by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kolter.

    Today light will cost less than half a second of your working time if you are on the average wage: half a second of work for an hour of light. Had you been using a kerosene lamp in the 1880s, you would have had to have worked for 15 minutes to get the same amount of light. A tallow candle in the 1800s: over six hours’ work. And to get that much light from a sesame-oil lamp in Babylon in 1750 BC would have cost you more than 50 hours work.

    Even the poorest among us in the developed world are living lives of opulence unfathomable by those just a 100 years ago. We are gods compared to those living in the past. The rise of Asia has brought hundreds and hundreds of millions into our godly ranks.

    And the future? We’re continuing our march. The gods of the future are being relentlessly being created today. We’re on a path to pity at our current awe about nuclear powered cars on Mars and interstellar spacecraft in the same way that we pity the awe those in the 1880s had toward oil powered street lights.

    And that’s a damn good thing. Hell. Fucking. Yeah. Technology is awesome.

    Comment by Cameron — 8/9/2012 @ 9:30 pm

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