At the Atlantic, Ross Andersen speaks with Michael Mischna at JPL about Curiosity, "The Robot of the Future That's About to Explore the Deep Past of Mars."

3 Responses to “What has a marshmallow-shaped lump of plutonium, rock-vaporizing lasers for eyes, and is headed for Mars?”

  1. penguinchris says:

    I was 11 in 1997 when the Pathfinder mission with the Sojourner rover landed – on July 4th. I was glued to the TV the whole day! Perfect timing on that one.

    I looked on Wikipedia to get the year right and they have this neat photo comparison of the wheel size of the three Mars rovers.

  2. social_maladroit says:

    What has a marshmallow-shaped lump of plutonium, rock-vaporizing lasers for eyes, and is headed for Mars?

    Umm…the exhumed body of Yasser Arafat?

  3. Petzl says:

    Set your clocks: 1:31AM EDT July 6, 2011.

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