I’m a child of the 1960s. In 1961 my mother called the school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I was in the second grade.
“Would it it be okay if Larry stayed home from school today? He really wants to watch the Alan Shepherd space launch on TV; it’s his birthday, too!”
“That would be fine, Mrs. Ayers — Larry would have to work at it to get behind here!”
During those years I kept a scrapbook of the space endeavors, NASA adventures which inflamed my sci-fi-primed imagination. Later, when I realized that my becoming an astronaut was very unlikely, my interest waned.
Last night I was talking with my father, and he said, “You really need to see the video NASA has released showing an animated depiction of the deployment of the Curiosity Mars machine!”
Pretty damned cool, I thought while I watched the Youtube video early this morning. It trumps the fantasy animations of Pixar! Take a look:
Of course the new rover may not work, as it is enormously complex. I’m rooting for it, though!