Says the Boston Globe story:
With dozens of NASA employees looking on and online viewers tuning in from across the country, engineer Allen Chen delivered two words Sunday night he won’t soon forget.
“Touchdown confirmed,” Chen announced shortly after 10:30 p.m. West Coast time, as those gathered in a Pasadena, Calif., control room burst into celebration.
Curiosity, the space program’s $2.6 billion rover, had landed on Mars.
The touchdown capped an eight-month flight and a decade of work for Chen, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led the team responsible for landing the rover.
Wow, Allen Chen must be pretty awesome, huh? OH, YOU HAVE NO IDEA:
HAHAHAHAHA THAT'S RIGHT! The Flight Dynamics and Operations Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory Entry, Descent, and Landing team- the donkey who announced Curiosity's successful landing ON FARGLING MARS- is a member of Donkey Nation!
brb high-fiving myself for the next five hours.