Category Archives: The Real Curiosity

Great Video in a Great Shirt…

The Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) gets a tour of the Jet Propulsion Lab booth from NASA’s Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) at the 44th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences.

This is a great video and a nice way to learn a bit about the behind the scenes of Curiosity.

And also… look at her awesome shirt!


Does Anyone Else Smell Science?

Methane! On Mars! OMFG!

So here we go… again. Oh, and good day to you, or night, whatever.

There are rumors about that the Mars Rover Curiosity has found methane in the atmosphere of Mars and therefor we should freak out and get ready for an alien invasion.

Well let’s not. Instead, just read this blog post and we’ll suss it out together.

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How Curiosity Got A Name…

Today on the blog you (and I) are going to meet an amazing and inspirational young lady named Clara – a 15 year old student from Lenexa, Kansas who wrote an essay that won her a contest – and in doing so, she helped put a brick in the wall of history.

Clara is the person who gave the Curiosity Rover its name. She named the rover that I tell stupid jokes about – and I got to talk to her.

This is Clara Ma:

Let me just say first off – that this girl is smart and clever and endearingly charming. She is an inspiration for young girls who want to do great things, and for us older people who worry about what the hell young people are doing with their lives. I’m not even joking here – read this, and you will have a better day. Promise.

So, enjoy this interview – and I hope you find Clara as awesome as I did.

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People seemed to like the panorama last night, and I’m a sucker for making strangers happy. So here’s another one.

As always, if you hate it, keep it to yourself on account of my not caring and all.

Big file warning, click to see it in full. Save at will.



So I made this for you, because I’m that nice and shut up about it already.

Click to go to the full sized image… Warning though – it’s a big file…

Interview With a Driver (Part 2)…

And we’re back!

So some days ago I posted the first half of an interview with the amazing and very clever Mars-rover driver, Matt Heverly – from NASA JPL.


Matt has been, obviously, rather busy – but had a few days off and was able to complete our somewhat lengthy conversation, which I present below.

So, click on and enjoy an INTERVIEW WITH A DRIVER (PART 2)…

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Imitation Is the Sincerest Form…

Validation! I love the real proper Mars Curiosity twitter account – the women who run it do a great job and they’re amazing at communicating the excitement of scientific discovery. So when I saw the post below – I kinda did a little dance.

I’m just happy someone’s reading my stupid catchphrases.

Interview With a Driver (Part 1)…

This is just the very best thing, possibly ever.

Among the several fun things about this Twitter adventure has been the occasional interactions with ACTUAL NASA PEOPLE! Real engineers and programmers and scientists who actually do all the things that I then turn around and make fun of like a jerk.

So, in what I hope will be the first of many such happenings, I reached out to one of these people in the hopes of asking some questions… and as a result we have today’s post.

An interview with MARS ROVER DRIVER MATT HEVERLY! (AKA @Matt_Heverly on Twitter)

This is Matt. Hello Matt.

So click through to learn “All I Want To Know About Rover-Driving, But Was Unable To Ask*”

*until now.

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