Last night, NASA successfully landed their newest rover, “Curiosity,” on the surface of Mars. Yay! This rover, I guess, is their biggest, most sophisticated rover ever, and it’s going to spend two years bopping around some crater, sniffing at the rocks. You go, girl. This was a big deal for NASA, who is trying to prove that it is still relevant and capable of inspiring feats of science. And it was not obvious that it was going to be a success, since they were lowering the rover onto the surface using cables from a hovering rocket (!!!) and the rocket itself was being dragged down by the planet’s gravitational field at 13,000 miles an hour. So, after a quiet moment of tension, when the guy on the loudspeaker announced that it was a success, the entire control room erupted into applause, and the celebration was caught on tape, and it’s a good celebration! You don’t see celebrations like this every day! These guys are really happy and take a lot of pride in their new accomplishment! Awwwww!

Now, let’s pretend that this isn’t a room full of highly capable scientists celebrating human ingenuity last night but rather is a room full of pop culture blog commenters celebrating the great week we are about to have. MONDAY MORNINGS GARFIELD LASAGNA CHEER UP GUYS WE ARE ABOUT TO DO THIS THING! (Via The Washington Post.)

Comments (20)
  1. Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J remain unmoved.

  2. “Hey, we’re all gettin’ laid!!”

  3. So it’s a rover, and it went to Mars, and they chose to NOT name it Red Rover? Send “Missed Opportunity” on over, NASA!

  4. Seeing a bunch of crazy smart people celebrating a truly impressive accomplishment makes me feel kind of silly about having a similar reaction when my family finally all agreed on a restaurant this weekend.

  5. Congrats, Gabe!

  6. I’d like to thank my insomnia, without which I would have missed this great and historic event.

  7. I call fake.

    There were women in that control centre, and it is well known that women are allergic to men with pocket protectors.

  8. Big fan of the Mohawk’d flight director. Ladies??

    This was such a great thing to stay up and watch. I can’t think of any jokes about it because every time I do I remember that they just landed a giant SUV-sized rover on the surface of Mars using parachutes, thrust rockets, and a James Bond-style rope deploy drop that was perfected by minds much smarter than my little brain. Too awesome.

  9. It’s rare to stumble across a fragment of the Internet that makes me think, “Great job, humanity! Keep it up.” But this video is definitely one of those.

  10. Notice how no one’s hugging the women? YOU DID THIS, HUMAN RESOURCES.

  11. I feel exacctly like this today, it is my last day of vacation at my parents and i am ready to return to the other coast.

  12. Can I choose NASA Mohawk Guy as my desert island hostage?

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