Last night the Mars Rover Curiosity landed on Mars and immediately afterward began transmitting images. NASA/JPL showed the landing on a free video stream and thousands of people all over the world watched it. Twitter was alight with excitement and jubilation. People saw a group of tense scientist breaking out into a hug fest after the successful touchdown. Many viewers got teary eyed.
This was good news. It continues to be good news, because Curiosity is functioning just the way it should be and will be sending much more data back to earth over the coming months and years. Just like its older siblings Spirit and Opportunity did before.
I think this event is important. Good news is what lifts us up and gives us hope. Science and engineering have delivered us a reason to look up. I would like to receive much more good news like this. So let’s be the nerds who support science and engineering that try to move knowledge and discovery forward, no matter the field. Not every feat will be as spectacular as the Curiosity landing, but all of them are much needed good news.