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Obama cheers Curiosity mission

2012-08-13 20:44

Washington  - President Barack Obama says last week's landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars was a "mind-boggling" accomplishment.

And he is urging Nasa scientists to let him know right away if the craft happens to see any Martians.

Obama telephoned the Curiosity team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on Monday as Air Force One flew him to a campaign stop in the state of Iowa.

The car-sized rover landed eight days ago after a complex series of maneuvers that involved a huge parachute and cables lowering it to the Mars surface. Its mission includes looking for environmental conditions that might have given rise to life.

Obama says even if Curiosity just finds microbes, it'll be "pretty exciting".

Comments
  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-08-14 02:01

    have seen the cgi video,truly amazing

  • henri.lombard - 2012-08-14 08:01

    to infinity and beyond ---->>>

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-08-14 08:27

    Viva USA. Great nation.

  • mihaip007 - 2012-08-14 20:22

    just f-off obama! You promised and then you slashed the budgets! then you wanna talk about it? Oh and those who said that the us is such a great nation, please don't forget that the nazis started THEIR space programme! And the soviets! They divided the nazi scientists amongst themselves! please man...

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