November 27, 2013
In 2009 I took the image on the left with my very own camera, looking down on the JPL lab floor with my very own eyes. A few years later I watched in real time as Curosity landed on Mars, and a party exploded in mission control. In the first image you can just see the rover's wheel through the plastic. In the image on the right is one of the very same wheels as it rests in the sands of Mars itself, having made the trip and completed the circle. It now all seems so real. We did this!!
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