If the Olympics haven’t gotten you to chant “USA! USA!” at the television by yourself recently, surely last night’s thrilling Mars landing did the trick. At around 1:30 in the morning, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrated the successful landing of its Mars Curiosity rover on Mars. The awesome video footage of the team cheering the landing will bring tears to your eyes.
“I congratulate and thank all the men and women of NASA who made this remarkable accomplishment a reality,” President Obama said in response to the nail-biter with the happy ending. And he wasn’t paying lip service to gender equality by mentioning “men and women”: No one who watched the inspring footage of the the NASA team celebrating their achievement could have missed the fact that there were more than a few women on the team. Rachel Sklar’s Tumblr Change the Ratio provided the names of the six female members of the Jet Propulsion Lab who were visible in the control room for the rover’s launch. Let’s meet them.