In this image provided by NASA, Mars InSight team members Kris Bruvold, left, and Sandy Krasner rejoice, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, inside the Mission Support Area at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., after receiving confirmation that the Mars InSight lander successfully touched down on the surface of Mars. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
One supposes that when it takes six months for your spacecraft to travel to a far-away planet, a team of scientists has plenty of time to practice the handshake-celebration for when it all goes according to plan.
The moment Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, one of the flight controllers let out a whoop, only to be hushed by another controller taking a drag on a cigarette. Also, there were no women in the room.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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