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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.

1. There were high fives

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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.

2. There was gesticulating

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3. There was weeping

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4. There was clapping

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“Great Mars-going, everybody”

5. There was howling

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“Hey, Curiosity, can you hear me? Of course you can’t, you’re on MARS.”

6. There was waving

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Guy on the right, he gets it.

7. There was Olympics-style posing

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8. “Bro, look, we did that”

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9. There was a “good game, good game, good game” line

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10. There was grinning

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11. “Hey, where did my robot go OH LOOK THERE IT IS, ON A DIFFERENT PLANET”

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12. There was fist-pumping

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13. “WHO just put a robot on Mars?? That’s right.”

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14. There were sweet ‘dos

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15. “No, no, really, it was nothing”

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16. There was hugging

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17. There were sighs of relief

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18. There was jumping

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19. There was Alex Trebek

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“It was thiiiiiis cool”

20. There was “YEAHHHHHH”ing

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21. And of course, there was tension

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23. But then there was Mars

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24. “Friggin Mars right there”

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25. “Yeah, dude, I know”

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

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