After the tense clicking of cameras, the victory hugs and Bobak Ferdowsi's awesome mohawk, I came away from Sunday night's Curiosity rover landing with a lingering rush of excitement. We're back on Mars! We're looking for the building blocks of life on another planet! Humanity just accomplished a truly amazing feat of engineering! Go humans!
The webcomics world was primed to celebrate as well. Already pr
Fans of sci-fi as well as sci-fact are well aware of Mars' inhospitable terrain (and various aliens). That's why many have been so forgiving of NASA's mission failures and so encouraged by its successes - especially the longer-than-expected run of "Spirit," the Mars rover that managed to scoot around the red planet's surface for six years before getting trapped in the sand.
Once in awhile a story comes along at just the right time in the news cycle that it absolutely confounds a blogger with a clever, if near irrelevant way to spin its content. Case in point: anti-grav rodents.
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