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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.

Posted on August 6, 2012, at 11:47 a.m. ET

There were high fives

Last night the Mars Science Laboratory successfully landed on Mars after a long, difficult journey that started in November of last year. Needless to say, the people who worked on the project were pretty stoked.
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Last night the Mars Science Laboratory successfully landed on Mars after a long, difficult journey that started in November of last year. Needless to say, the people who worked on the project were pretty stoked.

There was gesticulating

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There was weeping

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There was clapping

"Great Mars-going, everybody"
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"Great Mars-going, everybody"

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There was howling

"Hey, Curiosity, can you hear me? Of course you can't, you're on MARS."
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"Hey, Curiosity, can you hear me? Of course you can't, you're on MARS."

There was waving

Guy on the right, he gets it.
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Guy on the right, he gets it.

There was Olympics-style posing

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"Bro, look, we did that"

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There was a "good game, good game, good game" line

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There was grinning

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"Hey, where did my robot go OH LOOK THERE IT IS, ON A DIFFERENT PLANET"

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There was fist-pumping

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"WHO just put a robot on Mars?? That's right."

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There were sweet 'dos

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"No, no, really, it was nothing"

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There was hugging

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There were sighs of relief

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There was jumping

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There was Alex Trebek

"It was thiiiiiis cool"
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"It was thiiiiiis cool"

There was "YEAHHHHHH"ing

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And of course, there was tension

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But then there was Mars

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"Friggin Mars right there"

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"Yeah, dude, I know"

So yeah, it felt pretty cool. Imagine how pumped they'll be if they find life?
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So yeah, it felt pretty cool. Imagine how pumped they'll be if they find life?

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