“I just wanted to call to say congratulations to the entire Mars Science Laboratory team and really all of JPL on last Monday’s incredible success,” Obama said during the phone call that was patched into a loudspeaker at mission control in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
“I understand that there’s a special ‘Mohawk guy’ working on the mission?” Obama jokingly asked, which was promptly followed by a roar of laughter from JPL.
According to NASA administrator Charles Bolden, “new technologies never invented or attempted before were created for this journey,” and that the odds for success were actually just 40 percent.
Curiosity, the most sophisticated Rover ever built is now on the surface of the red planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether or not life ever existed there on Mars or if the planet can sustain life in the future.
More photos to come, we can be sure of that. [mashable]