On First Looking Out of JPL's Rover

Obama science advisor demonstrates ignorance of space history?

Can't find a recording/transcript yet, but White House Science & Technology Advisor John Holdren said something on the NASA live stream to the effect that no other country had put a lander on another planet. This was shortly after the landing- not in the later briefing at 2:15am EDT.

There's talk about it on Twitter. Seems worth highlighting when confirmation of the exact wording is available...

Posted by Joe at August 6, 2012 12:13 AM

Glad to hear it landed OK - there were a lot of people saying the whole get up was too complicated.

Keats had better apologise: To Balboa - who by most accounts was not a very understanding individual.

Once knew a bird who went to Darien as an AFS exchange student. She said things were still pretty wild there.

Posted by Kinch at August 6, 2012 7:31 AM

Kinch - The way I heard it, many people still think the setup was too complicated although it might have been the only way with a chance of working. NASA got away with it, that's all.

Posted by Fletcher Christian at August 6, 2012 11:51 AM

Wow, not bad.... Not bad at all.

My dad had me memorize "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer" for an 8th grade poetry recital. I can still recite it from memory.

Thanks, Dad.
And thank you, Gerard.

Posted by Gray at August 6, 2012 9:28 PM

Keats would love it.

Posted by Sarah Rolph at August 7, 2012 8:17 AM