What It Felt Like To Land A Robot On Mars
The happiest place on earth, at least for a few minutes last night, was the control room at the Jet Propulsion Lab.
There were high fives
There was gesticulating
There was clapping
There was howling
There was waving
There was Olympics-style posing
"Bro, look, we did that"
There was a "good game, good game, good game" line
There was grinning
"Hey, where did my robot go OH LOOK THERE IT IS, ON A DIFFERENT PLANET"
There was fist-pumping
"WHO just put a robot on Mars?? That's right."
There were sweet 'dos
"No, no, really, it was nothing"
There was hugging
There were sighs of relief
There was jumping
There was "YEAHHHHHH"ing
And of course, there was tension
But then there was Mars
"Friggin Mars right there"
"Yeah, dude, I know"