7 Minutes of Terror: Curiosity Rover’s Mars landing…

Carrying on the very random theme of this blog, i’ve had this post in the ‘drafts’ section for about 3 months and just haven’t got around to finishing and posting it.

There were two major events this summer which could be said to have fundamentally influenced our planet (which made the most impact on me). The first was the London Olympics, watched by billions of people across the globe, and the landing of the Curiosity Rover. 1 hour after the men’s 100m final, this was happening.

If you have a spare 5 minutes you need to watch this.My favourite part is the sky crane section where the Rover is slowly lowered to the surface, while the lander is hovering above it.

A very inspiring video and an incredible achievement for humans – all with a 14 minute time delay to Earth, 300,000,000 miles from Earth! I’m not sure there has ever been a more technically extraordinary human achievement.

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When a silver medal isn’t good enough…

There are hundreds of highlights flying around from the Olympics but there is nothing that i’ll remember more clearly than the following scenes following the silver medal win (or the loss as they would see it) by Mark Hunter and Zak Purchase in the men’s double sculls.

Link to BBC interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19124776

The emotion from John Inverdale really showed what was happening and just how completely gutted Hunter and Purchase were. It’s quite a shocking scene in a lot of ways and shows what the absolute dedication to a single goal can lead to – sheer joy on one hand or complete collapse on the other (in this case mentally and physically). I have to say watching that left a big impression with me.

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London Olympic Aquatics Centre training pool…

Incredible detailing within the London Olympic Aquatics centre (training pool).

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

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