"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

— U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, 1910


A century after that famous quote was first uttered, America has embodied it in a way T.R. probably never imagined: by gracefully landing a one-ton, nuclear-powered robotic scientist on the surface of Mars. And now filmmaker Brandon Fibbs has produced the video below, which stitches together NASA animations and actual footage to convey the awesomeness of what happened last week:



[Via Bad Astronomy]


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Russell McLendon ( @russmclendon ) writes about humans and other wildlife.

Watch: 'Dare Mighty Things'
A new short film portrays the Curiosity Mars rover as a cosmic response to the century-old challenge from U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.