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Word art message was not what (most of) the crowd was hoping for

The Curiosity Rover's official Twitter account, maintained by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, titillated space exploration fans with a Twitter message promising, "Will you be in @TimesSquareNYC for New Year's Eve? Look for a special message from Mars on the giant Toshiba screens."

Fans were hoping for some new images or video from the Rover -- possibly even news of a new discovery.  Instead they were treated to a brief pre-rendered animation, followed by a word art "text" from the Rover commenting "Happy New Year From Mars".

The Verge, whose offices are based in Manhattan, New York, described the build-up and delivery as "groan worthy".  One commenter hints that maybe budget cuts were to blame, commenting, "I think we should double NASA's budget, purely for the reason that they can then go and license decent typefaces."


However, the $2.5B USD third generation NASA rover perhaps has earned itself a bit of slack for its hard work blasting rocks on the hostile Martian landscape and for becoming the first Mars rover to directly observe the long hypothesized dried stream beds of the "Red Planet".

Hopefully NASA gets the memo and treats the crowd to a more impressive display next year.


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RE: Can you really blame them?
By MartyLK on 1/1/2013 5:05:09 PM , Rating: -1
Technology is the answer. I've believed technology was the cure-all for a while now and the more advanced technology becomes, the better the mess of life will be.

Everyone, no doubt, has heard the saying with regards to finding out any information, "Google is your friend". Well, for solving any problem, "technology is your friend".

Technology will eventually get to the point to where it will be perfect. The best we, ourselves can do, is limited. But once we build the infrastructure up enough, technology itself will take over and build it to perfection.

This may take several thousand years, I don't know. It may happen much, much, sooner. But some day it will happen.


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