IMAGES: NASA’s Reaction to the Mars Curiosity Landing

On November 26, 2011, you were probably in a coma because you just had to be at Best Buy at 3 a.m. the day before so that you could take advantage of the BOGO sale on that 97-inch television or whatever-the-hell you would be physically incapable of functioning without. Some of us weren’t trekking out to stand in line before dawn, but needed a day of drinking with lunch and melting into the couch to help us recover from the two previous days spent drinking with lunch and melting into the couch. And, while we were suffering from the itis, a team of NASA engineers was busy trying to land a robot on the surface of Mars. Well, at approximately 1:32 a.m. EST Monday, those engineers erupted with fits of joy a la a Sorkin script because that robot they launched 36-weeks ago successfully landed on Mars and sent back high-resolution photographs of the Red Planet’s terrain. Thanks to the wonder of technology, we took some images of the Ustream live feed of the NASA mission control in Pasadena. They really geeked out, but, man, did they earn it.