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A landmark events NASA's curiosity rover -- beaming back its very first color images from Mars the image a little Fuzzy in due to the dust on the cameras cover but you can.
Clearly see the red surface and in the distance the north wall and the rim of mars' gale crater.
-- Palestine -- now he's the editor in chief of Discover Magazine thank you so much for being with that's what an exciting time to be here what goes through your mind when you see these images.
Well what is it like is that what you're seeing here is -- a tiny tiny taste of what's ahead this is this is what the -- can -- with.
It's secondary camera with the lens cap on covered with dust so a lot of people sort of left it at the called -- -- of pictures.
-- we've already seems a 3-D pictures from the surface of Mars we're just getting a sense that.
This is this is the most complicated.
Most sophisticated -- we've ever centered on the planet and this is the closest we've sent to basically a virtual human beings is -- this is a complete science lab and so it's just.
This is the beginning.
What is this you know 700 days of wonder -- the beginning of of an adventure and which we're really -- for the first time.
Lucy what it what happens when you send a robot geologist who -- what chemist and a robot heroes from another planet so what is going to happen over the next seven days.
So what it's.
This this river's gonna make a series of excursions.
To about seventy different sites through gale crater gale crater is an interesting place.
Long while ago about three billion years ago it looks like it was a -- on Mars and so basically where the rivers to be digging through lake that it can be looking for were.
What kind of water was there on Mars -- wasn't Morris once warm and hospitable what happened of course the real exciting thing -- to be looking at the chemistry to see.
Is there evidence of the chemicals of life the chemicals -- could support life -- from the chemicals that actually.
Tell you that things were alive -- might be alive right now.
Yeah that's -- it's really exciting and -- will we see a man on Mars.
Well you know -- according to the Obama administration that you know everything's still on track for a manned mission to an asteroid in that and that.
Two thousand twenties and return to -- and and to the two thousand thirties.
You know with the -- money is it's it's questionable to me whether it's the things are really gonna happen.
I think what's most exciting about curiosity is we're gonna whether or not we send humans we're gonna start getting those answers we're going to find out.
Whether Mars was was a habitable planet we're gonna find out how do you search for life on other planets we're gonna have this incredible virtual presence on Mars and so.
You know if it happens in the two thousand thirties great if it takes a little longer than that.
What we're learning is robots can do incredible things and we're going to be following that turning virtually over the next Saturday is and -- 2.5 billion dollars which some people are raising eyebrows over -- SA worth every time.
Well you know that they're all kinds of ways to look at it.
We spend seventy billion dollars every year for that and -- the Department of Education.
-- and that's just federal spending that's not coming all the stuff that goes into schools think about it if you took 13 of 1% of that budget.
And he said let's let's design the most amazing education project was an amazing science project -- come up with let's listen up -- A virtual scientist Mars beam back pictures everybody inspire the next generation of scientists inspire the next generation of engineers.
13 of 1% of your education but.
To me that seems like a pretty good deal all right Corey -- thank you so much for joining us.
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