There comes a time in every SciFi enthusiast’s life when you realize that you need to interview a robot in space.
It had to be done.
Now, I’ve interviewed a space robot before. I had a rousing conversation with Robonaut on Twitter last year. That was pretty fantastic, but it left me wanting to know more. I mean, these robots give me a glimpse into a life in space. Something that, barring an alien abduction, I won’t actually get to experience.
So imagine my glee when I heard that the Mars Curiosity Rover had some time to answer some of my questions regarding life outside of this atmosphere.
I mean seriously. I think I might have actually shrieked a little.
For those of you who don’t know, the Curiosity Rover is pretty much a robot celebrity. She has over 1.3 million followers on Twitter, and over 500,000 followers on Facebook. Curiosity is a pretty big deal. And there’s a reason for that. Well several, really.
Curiosity is humanity’s extension on a foreign planet. She’s designed to help us better understand life, the universe and everything. And she does. With cleverness, scientific brilliance, and some witty, concise tweets, she brings us a little closer to our own Solar System. And what’s great is the work that the Curiosity Rover is doing is something that affects not just the science community. It affects us all.
Hey, even the DoD is involved in our reach toward the stars.
The Department of Defense has had a role in aerospace exploration for decades, and they’re still dedicated to it. Budget restraints and all. Recently senior Defense Department officials testified before Congress highlighting the activities the department has undertaken to save an estimated $1 billion and provide a balanced national security space program.
Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Garretson, the Division Chief for Air Force Irregular Warfare Strategy, Plans and Policy (and previously the Chief of Future Science and Technology Exploration for Air Force Strategic Planning) says humanity needs a billion year plan for space exploration.
Douglas L. Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, recently told Congress it is critical for the Defense Department to develop and implement space programs and policies to maintain U.S. space advantages in a perpetually changing environment.
From military satellites, to lasers, to GPS innovation and more, the advancements that are made in the aerospace industry benefit more than just us stargazers. The work that is being done is helping to shape the future of the human race.
Because when it comes down to it, space matters.
But don’t just take my word for it…