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219/365: Touchdown

219/365: Touchdown

Being a night owl paid huge dividends last night as I very comfortably stayed up to witness Curiosity's arrival on Mars. A couple people in my Twitter feed turned me on to Eyes on the Solar System, which is just about the best thing ever--a realtime 3D computer simulation of pretty much everything in the solar system! So while the TV brought me live video of the excitement at JPL, my laptop brought me amazing visuals of the entry, descent, and landing of the rover, all perfectly timed and fed with real data streamed across the vast darkness of space as Curiosity flawlessly executed her audacious landing sequence.

Between this and Dragon, it's suddenly an exciting time to be a space geek.

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