We often say “You never know where Twitter will take you,” but here’s one that (almost) defies imagination. Last night, we saw that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (@NASAJPL) was live-tweeting the journey to Mars. As Curiosity, the car-sized rover, made its descent onto the Red Planet, the #JPL team shared Twitter updates directly from the command center. And that stream reveals a truly remarkable and historic sequence of events:
Curiosity is about to vent the cruise stage part of its cooling system in prep for separation
And then, after the “seven minutes of terror”, in the words (and through the eyes) of the Curiosity rover itself:
This monumental scientific achievement quickly inspired an Twitter outpouring of awe, pride, and even a dash of levity:
@marscuriosity, Neil deGrasse Tyson signing out on Earth. Back to work - for us both. Closing my Twitterverse wormhole to Mars.
The rover “Curiosity” successfully landed on Mars this AM, proving a historic moment for space exploration and the US. goo.gl/DsCBt
@marscuriosity. Hi there.Welcome to the neighborhood.Sorry about the mess.Haven’t had guests in a while.
The @MarsCuriosity account will continue to share updates from the rover’s explorations, including photos from the surface of Mars. As Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) once said, “Mars is there, waiting to be reached”. Thanks for taking us there, @NASAJPL team.
Posted by Adam Sharp, Head of Government, News and Social Innovation (@AdamS)