August 6 in Sci-Fi History: Curiosity (and Andy Warhol)

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Aug 6, 2017

We'll call it "real science weekend." Following up on yesterday's post about Neil Armstrong, we have more space stuff.

On this day in 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on Mars.

Team, take 25 minutes and watch this video from National Geographic, which tells the story of a modern scientific miracle.

Look, America-speaking, things have been a little weird lately. But let's not forget that in the last decade, we've sent stuff to Mars. With cameras and sniffers and rock collectors and all kinds of things. This is big. And if you need a shorter animation of the landing:

For a complete listing of the kinds of things NASA has been figuring out thanks to the Rover, check out their dedicated site here.

Also, on this day in 1928, Andy Warhol was born.

Born in Pittsburgh, Warhol was, duh, an artist who played with all kinds of forms. Soup cans. Celebrity. And ultimately, science fiction film.

Here’s a clip from 1965's Vinyl, an early take on A Clockwork Orange:

Tomorrow: Louis Leakey and Charlize Theron.