Skooter reporting 08/29/12
Curiousity the NASA's Mars rover has dispatched the first human voice ever sent from another planet, as well as some stunning new images of its Martian surroundings.
The Curiosity rover transmitted a pre-loaded greeting from NASA administrator Charlie Bolden, who congratulated the mission team for getting the one-ton robot to Mars safely. While the importance of the audio success is largely symbolic, NASA officials hope it foreshadows a more significant human presence on the Red Planet down the road.
Curiosity program executive Dave Lavery, citing the famous line late astronaututtered from the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969 was quoted as saying, “With this, we have another small step that's being taken in extending the human presence beyond Earth, and actually bringing that experience of exploring the planets back a little closer to all of us.”
Lavery as he told reporters Monday, he was quoted as saying, “as Curiosity continues her mission, we hope the words of the administrator will be an inspiration to someone who’s alive today, who will become the first to stand upon the surface of the planet Mars. Like the great Neil Armstrong, they’ll be able to speak aloud, in first person at that point of the next giant leap in human exploration.”
NASA released today a spectacular 360-degree panorama of Curiosity's Gale Crater landing site, featuring in fresh detail some of the landscapes scientists want the six-wheeled Curiosity to explore.