How not to be cool, NASA-style…

Curiosity got moving last week, starting off with some Martian doughnuts.

Very careful doughnuts…

And not for the first time either.

 

But it countered the badassery of that display with some epic geekdom…

The morse code symbols for JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) are embedded in the tracks (and the Martian surface).

As the engineers pointed this out and everyone responded “Oh, right…that’s cool…I guess…” JPL desperately tried to rectify the situation…

Ehhhhhhhh….

…and then completely blew it by pointing out that the code treads are used to verify how far the rover has driven.

If the millions of dollars worth of electronic instrumentation is a bit suspect, they can count footprints.

Meanwhile Curiosity itself got on with doing cool science, like blasting more holes in rocks with its laser…

Bzzzzz-eow! Bzzzzz-eow! Bzzzzz-eow! Bzzzzz-eow!

Morse code for ‘ss’

…and taking awesome photos that make Mars look like a genuine three-dimensional world…

Or somewhere Captain Kirk would have a hamfisted punch-up…

But on the other hand…

For those who thought my Curiosity music playlist was cheesy…

At least I didn’t pick an embarrassingly naff will.i.am song.

 

 

 

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