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Curmudgeon’s Corner: You Can Control the World by Blinking

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam talks about:

  • Parenthood
  • Curiosity Landing
  • Election 2012
  • More Election 2012 / Mountain Lion

Recorded on 6 Aug 2012

Length this week – 1:13:30

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They Pulled It Off!

I watched the whole Curiosity landing live on a couple different video feeds, with and without commentary.  I turned down the commentary for most of the “7 minutes of terror”…  just wanted to hear the control room raw.

Given the complexity of this landing, and all the many many places where something could have gone wrong, I was fully expecting for something to fail.  But so far it looks like the landing was pretty much perfect*.  That is just incredible.  Amazing job by everybody involved, who have worked for many years to make this happen.

* Although we won’t know for sure until everything gets woken up and tested over the next few days.