Curiosity Rover and Usain Bolt

Yesterday, a man ran 100 metres in 9.63 seconds. This morning, a robot laboratory successfully landed on Mars and will begin its search for evidence that life may also have existed on a neighbouring planet.

Of these two stories, it’s the second that makes me feel more proud of what my species can achieve when it puts its mind to it.

And as one of the comments on the Curiosity Rover story says:

Oh man, that was so cool!

They basically just parked a Volkswagen Beetle on a predetermined spot on another planet more than 150 million miles away by lowering it with ropes from an almost hovering jetpack.

Just like that.

Of course, ordinary folks like me in the nation that managed such a feat still can’t afford healthcare insurance, and Texas is about to execute someone with an IQ somewhere in the 60’s.

Goddam, this is one crazy fucking world, ain’t it? You couldn’t make this shit up, y’know?


About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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