Best Quote Ever…

If you’ve never listed to Neil deGrasse Tyson he’s a great American astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium and has a podcast. A while back someone asked him the following:

“What is your favorite or in your opinion most significant space exploration related discovery of the last year or so?”

Here’s Neil deGrasse Tyson’s response: “… So I would have to say It was not a discovery it was the fact that we were able to land curiosity on mars in the way we did, it was an engineering Rube Goldberg nightmare that turned out to be completely successful and that tests all the other ways we can now land on other planetary objects, loved it, it was an engineering achievement not a scientific achievement.”

What’s best about it?  “.. it was an engineering Rube Goldberg nightmare that turned out to be completely successful..”

Just classic. If you research all the things that were done to land Curiosity on Mars you’ll understand what a mess of, well, Rube Goldberg systems were in place to land it on the surface. It was quite the contraption and the fact that it worked was amazing.


Author: Helicopter Jeff

I'm a vinyl decal cutting and designing, Astrophotography and general photography capturing, RC helicopter/quad copter pilot, Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware/software developer, network, scripting and troubleshooting ninja living in the metro NY area. I am passionate about my hobbies so much I do them for a living. There's nothing better than getting paid to do what you love.

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