President Barack Obama congratulated members of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover team for the “incredibly impressive” mission, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. on Monday…
“We could not be more excited,” said the President, telling the team that “it’s really mind boggling what you’ve been able to accomplish.”
“If in fact you do make contact with Martians, please let me know right away.”
President Obama’s call came a week after Curiosity landed on the Red Planet. The president also noted his administration’s focus on engineering and science and math and said that Curiosity is inspiring kids across the country.
“You know, they’re telling their Moms and Dads they want to be part of a Mars mission, maybe even the first person to walk on Mars,” said the president. He also said that the quest for knowledge represented by missions like Curiosity is “really what makes us best as a species, this curiosity that we have and this yearning to discover and know more.”
An audio recording of the call and video recording of the JPL team’s portion of the call is available at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2468166. (05:40)
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