This video has been making the rounds, but if you haven't seen it yet, you should (heck, even if you have seen it, you should watch it again). This is the kind of stuff that makes space exploration exciting.
I was privileged to see the launch of Curiosity during a NASATweetup (now called NASAsocial) in November 2011. Although I wasn't selected for the landing tweetup at +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
, we will all be watching virtually anyway (with a 14 minute lag from Mars!), so I am sure I will have lots of company as I eagerly follow the landing from my place on Earth (which, for the first weekend in August will be in Wash DC).
Seen all over, but +Universe Today
gets kudos for also acknowledging the production quality of the video: http://www.universetoday.com/95936/inspiring-video-the-challenge-of-landing-on-mars/
. This is not your typical government PR. Thankfully.