The Mars Curiosity rover – which has sparked the imaginations of people across the globe, particularly through Twitter – successfully roved 15 feet on the surface of Mars on Wednesday, August 22nd.
However, concern has been raised about Curiosity’s safety. Allegations have been made that the rover has already had one accident, with a Martian.
“I was driving along, minding my own business, when I was hit in the rear by this moon-buggy type thing’ explained the Martian, known as Jyhguhiuglkh. ‘I’ve been promised 100% of the compensation, that’s 100%. I didn’t even know I could claim, or that I had a neck that could get whiplash, until I received a call from them. Apparently my insurer had passed on my details to them.”
“It couldn’t be more important,” said project manager Peter Theisinger at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “We built a rover. So unless the rover roves, we really haven’t accomplished anything … It’s a big moment.”
Mission managers were ecstatic that the $2.5 billion mission went off without a hitch. The rover is scheduled to stay in its new location for a few days, near its touchdown site at Bradbury Landing, before heading off to Mount Sharp, where signs of water were discovered. The trip will take as long as a month and a half.
NASA could not be reached for comment on the status of Curiosity’s insurance. If the rover is uninsured and caused the accident, penalties for it, and for NASA, could be steep.
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