Curiosity Drives on Mars for the First Time
A tragedy of priorities: The most appalling infographic you’ll see today compares the cost of the Olympics vs. the cost of landing Curiosity on Mars. And yet, the future of space exploration is more precarious than ever.
NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars in a daredevil maneuver that used a rocket-powered sky crane to lower the 1-ton robot safely to the Martian surface after plunging through the planet’s atmosphere. Never before had the maneuver been attempted and, by all accounts, it was a spectacular success.