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My 2 Cents: 'Curiosity' And America's Role In Space

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Amazing accomplishment, mind blowing piece of technology, but will "Curiosity" capture the American public's imagination, and consequently it's financial support in the future. I'm not sure.

The Mars rover "Curiosity", the size of a car, has survived a plummet to the Martian surface that NASA dramatically deemed "7 minutes of terror", and it's starting to send back some photos of the planet's surface.

Pretty typical looking stuff so far, with the promise that the photos and the information obtained by Curiosity will become increasingly spectacular, more so than any we've seen before.

Some have claimed the landing solidifies America's supremacy in space exploration. Maybe it does, but did you know that the Soviets were actually the first ones to land a robot on Mars. The Soviets. That was a long time ago, 1971 in fact. And I don't recall anyone thinking they were superior in space back then.

No, all anybody could talk about was the Apollo astronauts walking on the moon. I do remember that.

I know these missions must take place before an American could ever go to Mars, but I'd rather see us spending our money right now putting astronauts back in space on American rockets, instead of hitchhiking with the Russians.

I'm Kelly Ogle and that's My 2 Cents.

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