Faculty member and school photographer Mr. Bill Arthurs was on hand in Pasadena, CA, Sunday night to witness NASA’s “Curiosity” rover landing on the surface of Mars. Mr. Arthurs was present for the launch six months ago and was invited back to Pasadena to witness the actual landing of the rover on the Martian surface.
Mr. Arthurs commented, “What an inspiring experience. When the rover sent back its first picture and all saw, with their own eyes, that ‘Curiosity’ had truly landed safely in the Gayle crater on the planet Mars, the viewing room and the control room burst into applause and the invited guests gave the whole mission team a standing ovation. It was a classic American success story. I’m so glad that I went.
“After attending the launch of the rover rocket in November, I found that the six month wait proved to be inconsequential in the wake of the resounding success. The black and white picture is the first picture sent from the rover shows the shadow of the rover on the Martian surface. Of course, this brought on another ovation and hugs and high-fives all around.”