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In 1969, on July 21st, man stepped onto the moon for the very first time. People around the world gathered around their TVs to watch the first step. It was a day of celebration that was global. People watched with bated breath until that first step was taken and then there were fireworks, barbecues and the linking of hands in prayers of thanksgiving.
Last night, forty three years and 16 days after the "Eagle" landed, "Curiosity", an incredibly complex spacecraft, landed on Mars. It made global news, nearly knocking the London Olympics off the map. I've been crying off and on since I first heard the news last night. For the first time in a long time, I am proud again to be an American. NASA was gutted under the Bush administration and there was some fear that this would never happen.
Congratulations to NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and CalTech. You've done this country proud.