I am likely to get a lump in my throat when I see someone experiencing vindication for their hard work -- a standing ovation in a packed theater, olympic athletes receiving their medals, you get the idea. Needless to say, I loved this video by Mark Rober
, an engineer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
who worked on Mars Curiosity Rover for seven years. I defy you to not be moved by his first person account of the "seven minutes of terror."
It's a crazy thought that something I've designed, I've touched, I've built, I've integrated, I've tested, is now safely resting on another frigging planet. It's a crazy feeling.
For more about the "Mars Madness" office pool shown in the video, check out Gizmodo
And for more from the engineers whose products are now on another planet, enjoy Flora's behind the scenes tour of Honeybee Robotics
, a lab that built parts for Curiosity.