Echo of NASA’s Epic Landing Rover diligence President Joe Biden said the scientific community on Mars and beyond space flight.
The commander made a video call Thursday (March 4) with scientists and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JBL) in Southern California, which manages the $ 2.7 billion ongoing mission. During the 10-minute talk, Biden congratulated and thanked the team The landing was removed on February 18thIt emphasizes that it came at a crucial time for the nation.
“This is much bigger than a continuous landing on Mars,” President Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Mike Watkins said. Look through the C-spanIt’s about the American spirit. You brought it back. You brought it back at a moment when we needed it most. ”
Then Biden told a short story. A head of state – he did not mention anything – recently told the United States: “They were very qualified to do great things. Here they can not even deal with the corona virus. Look at how badly they are organized. He said. By the head of state. ‘
He said the dramatic landing of Sky Crane perseverance would help reverse some of these negative perceptions and be a blow to democracy in a tyrannical world.
Biden said, “There is a big war going on. When democracy is restored it will teach your children that it can do anything and can only control things unlike dictatorial regimes. “I can’t tell you how many historians will write about what you were doing when you did this.”
He said, “You should be proud of this great honor, very proud, for what you have done.” “We can land a vehicle on Mars, deal with the plague, and with science, hope and vision, we as a nation can do nothing.”
Perseverance is underway in the 45-kilometer-wide Jessero Abyss, which held the deep lake and river delta billions of years ago. The main tasks of a vehicle-sized robot are to search for Xero rocks for ancient markers Life on Mars Collect and store samples for future return to Earth, It may already be in 2031
Biden seems ready to achieve these goals. During an interview with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Thursday, it was reported that a committee from the House of Representatives had recently convened to discuss infrastructure issues. A congressman wanted it Moon Rock in the Oval OfficeBiden said, “I jokingly said, ‘You haven’t seen anything yet. Wait “until you see it coming home from Mars”.
Thursday’s call was not the first celebration of Pitton’s consecutive landing victory. For example, set a file Congratulations to Steve Corsic, the acting NASA leader On February 18, shortly after the rover landed.
Written by Mike WallAbroad(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; Carl Date drawing), book on the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter pSpacedotcom or Facebook