I’ve tried to maintain enthusiasm for the latest Mars rover, yet had to turn skeptic reading today’s news that NASA is downloading an operating system upgrade (so soon!) for the Curiosity. That helps explain why mission control now wears something resembling Best Buy polo shirts. They’ve already sold us something that is obsolete. I’d be excited too if I’d just secured my job for a few decades with built-in obsolescence.
PBS led their news broadcast Monday evening with the successful mission, putting the Wisconsin massacre on a back burner. I suppose that is appropriate. Mass shootings are routine and putting our junk out in the solar system is still a novelty. But that’s enough Andy Rooney cynicism. In all honesty was on a geeky high when the thing landed; the only place to go was back down to earth.