Curiosity: Carl Sagan's vision of robotic exploration on Mars [Carl Sagan Tribute Series]
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Published on Aug 9, 2012
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Carl Sagan once opined that "...science is a collaborative enterprise, spanning the generations. When it permits us to see the far side of some new horizon, we remember those who prepared the way, seeing for them also."
In light of Curiosity's successful landing on Mars, this proclamation is as relevant today as it ever was. Carl was at the vanguard of planetary exploration, having played a pivotal role in NASA's Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo missions. More specifica
lly, Carl, along with his contemporaries, revolutionized our understanding of the red planet during the Viking missions.
Carl recognized the limitations of the Viking lander because of its immobility, and highlighted the need for Mars rovers. Tragically, Carl died two weeks after Sojourner, the first Mars rover, began its trek towards the red planet. Where Sojourner was largely a proof-of-concept mission, the Curiosity rover, like Spirit and Opportunity before it, almost fully embodies Carl's vision for robotic exploration on Mars.
So this video is for you, Carl. We remember you for preparing the way, and we are seeing for you also.
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Narration Source...Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Episode 5
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Editor...Callum C. J. Sutherland
Visual Effects...Callum C. J. Sutherland
External Visuals (In Order of First Use)
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory...7 Minutes of Terror
PBS...Carl Sagan's Cosmos
Walt Disney Pictures...Roving Mars
YouTube User Mohalanobish (www.youtube.com/user/Mohalanobish)...Cu
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory...Curiosity Has Landed
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center...What is SAM?
Nick Ingman and Terry Devine-King...Mars
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