We’re having a snow day here in the Midwest so I’m dissertating and emailing from my kitchen table, while watching a bunch of NASA scientists land InSight on the surface of Mars. It’s an incredible achievement, and there are few things I love more than watching scientists celebrate an accomplishment. The dancing, the hugs, the misty eyes, and congratulatory ‘good jobs’… so many high fives! And the looks of relief–all that hard work has paid off.
Now to wait for the literal dust to settle and check on the condition of the just-landed InSight (it looks good so far!).
Here’s a link to the video, the press conference later today, and an Oatmeal comic about InSight. All pretty enjoyable. In space!
Leila is a geoarchaeology PhD candidate who never expected to find herself in geology or in the Midwest. She holds an MS in geology, and a BA in anthropology. Her primary interests are thinking about past landscapes and the people who lived on them, outreach/informal education, statement jewelry, and perfumes no graduate student should own. Her favorite color is gold glitter and she is often the only woman at an airport bar.
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