In the most anticipated rover landing in a generation, NASA landed its Mars Curiosity Rover on Mars at 1:31 am EST this morning. Curiosity will remain on Mars for two years, trying to find a signs that the planet can support life.
We shine the spotlight on a few smaller issues that were affected significantly by the results of last Tuesday's election. Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for net neutrality; also, Sara Horowitz, executive director of Working Today Freelancer's Union, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for freelancers; then, Tariq Malik, Managing Editor for SPACE.com, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for NASA and the American Space program.
Today, or possibly tomorrow, the Falcon 9 rocket is slated for test launch at Cape Canaveral. When the 18-story rocket fires into orbit - or crashes into the ocean - it will be carrying no cargo, no astronauts, just one heavy load: Obama's hopes for space.
President Obama is in Cape Canaveral, Fla. today, where he'll defend his controversial vision for NASA. The linchpin of Obama's plan involves cancelling the Constellation program and reviving the Orion project. Axing Constellation will effectively prohibit NASA from returning astronauts to the moon - a prospect that lead iconic astronauts Neil Armstrong and James Lovell to publicly express dismay, calling Obama's plan "devastating."