It was one of those historic moments.
I sat watching it live-the landing of the Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars. Any of a number of things could have gone wrong, you couldn’t take anything for granted.
And I didn’t. As I waited I thought of our evolutionary journey and how we were landing upon an island we should never have been able to reach, navigating a vast ocean which we should never have been able to cross.
And I witnessed it all on my iPad with a brew:
We’re going in.
After a few moments of palpable tension, confirmation was given that the mission had been a success and Perseverance was on the red planet. In the control room there were cheers and fist pumps and congratulatory relief.
Then the first eagerly awaited images reached us, after travelling 205.62 million km, due solely to decades of man’s ingenuity.
Jen: “It looks like my cheesecake.”