So I got to attend NASAs panel at the Penny Arcade Expo and it was AMAZING. They did a big to do on the Mars Curiosity Rover and what it’s up to. Most of us had already seen all that. So they showed us what they are up to now. The Curiosity is just starting it’s long journey around the Gale Crater. That is a vast area. Fortunately NASA has already made detailed of the area and have made a 3D map of the area and Microsoft has made a game on the xbox for us the gaming community to virtually explore Mars. Its a lot cooler than I’m describing.
But after that, Jeff Norris (Mission Planning and Execution, NASA/JPL) gave a heartwarming speech of how much further unmanned space exploration plans to go in our lifetime and how we, the common man, are going to be part of that. Now we can help explore the Gale crater, but tomorrow, we can help explore the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn.
Jeff Norris (featured in this comic here) showed us that the tires of the Curiosity make treads that spell out JPL in morse code. I had Balls make a less dignified use of the tread marks.