Success! The Mars landing has happened!
I don't know if you've looked at the tech utilized for the landing but if you haven't, you really should. We had a killer talk at Berkeley a good number of years back that went over the whole deal and beyond the super coolness of the talk it illustrates the time needed for something like this to come to pass. Years of work and analysis well before any launch can even be contemplated.
Achievements like this really make you think "YES, humans can accomplish great things!"
And yet, you then read the news and hear the ignoranti screaming in alarm about that devil SCIENCE and the stuff that science deals with on a daily basis- facts.
It's such an amazing dichotomy that one part of America embraces reality, honors intellectual achievement and supports education while the other seems to be running full tilt back into the Dark Ages.
Makes me wonder what this country will be like in twenty years. Will it be more Monty Python's "Bring out yer dead!" or 2001 a Space Odyssey?