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-- -- I didn't do -- and -- About big celebrations well deserved.
And -- control kind of losing control that are for a moment as NASA's latest Mars mission goes off without a hitch.
The space probe curiosity surviving this so called seven minutes of terror making it.
Gentle landing on the red planet overnight remarkable images already coming back to earth.
As the rover scans the landscape on the red planet so why is the mission like this so important journeys now former NASA astronaut author of planetary.
-- climatologist in a Fox News consider Tom Jones Tom good to see Derrick Pitts joins us chief astronomer -- Franklin institute planetarium.
-- what we start we view because you and I were talking about these yes for today and we were -- so optimistic and hopeful.
That it would succeeded -- I mean.
Kind of makes you proud to be an American what what a technological.
Achievement here tribute to.
American industrious -- ambition and ingenuity isn't.
Genesis of the product of ten years of intense design work in the engineering to make the spacecraft survived.
This -- really.
And nail biting landing on Mars and so congratulations to the Jet Propulsion Lab team into NASA.
We're gonna have at least five years I think an amazing results coming from Mars.
And it's the the prelude I think to the next big step in Mars exploration which is.
Bringing samples back from the red planet learning about possible life there and paving the way for human explore.
You know Derek went when Tom and I were covered this yesterday -- get some emails from people saying hey you know the billions that were spent on this is really -- -- there are no martians on Mars and it.
That's not the point the point is we're not looking.
For -- life -- but the conditions that may have existed for organic life at one time.
Yes what -- what -- doing here is doing what's called chasing the water.
For the idea of trying to figure out whether or not there ever was life on Mars or if there's still could be life on Mars the thing to do.
Is to look for places where there is evidence of environments that were conducive to the development of life and so what they're looking for.
Our organic compounds that might indicate such an environment and so this is -- step by step.
So that mess scientists can be very very careful about what results they report finding.
You know Tom the president has said bomb that the wheels of curiosity -- begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars.
Should astronauts try to make the trip there assuming you can be safe.
And what would that accomplish.
But the real reason for sending humans is to bring human skills to bear in the search for life.
So if curiosity and its successors.
Find evidence of organic material.
Find evidence of habitats on March today that might support life.
I think the real answers to that question about microbes on Mars is only likely to come with human skills -- gonna have to have a team of astronauts.
Drill well below the surface where there might be warm water circulating and the right chemical conditions for preserving life.
If it got started there once it should still be hanging on their today but it's not -- -- be right on the surface where curiosity can see itself.
That's really that the driver for humans getting there.
Bob and -- your take very -- man on Mars what are your thoughts.
My thoughts are that it takes humans -- really integrate all the information that can be figured out -- immediately.
To determine whether or not those conditions are -- writer wife is there right now it's great to have -- they're they do fabulous word but.
Humans -- -- much better than computers do what an achievement that would be putting a man on Mars all right Derrick -- Tom Jones great day for America thanks gentlemen.
It is thank you.
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