Congrats to all involved in successful landing of Curiosity on Mars! This is what you can do with science. Cold, hard science.
Our scientists are appreciate less and less. Their work is looked at with suspicion, unfairly linked to political agendas. Their salaries are constantly dangled over of the budget chopping block.
There is no politics in science. There is no religion in science. Just facts, and people who care deeply about human progress. That’s how stuff like this happens.