...who scored a perfect 10 for landing on the surface of Mars!
Gold medal, world (and Martian!) record
Before we cut to a talking head on NASA TV, the team were reading out landing data. Two bits I loved:
- vertical velocity at (presumably just before) touchdown was -0.6m/s and
- horizontal velocity was 0.04m/s.
That horizontal figure is truly staggering. Well done to all involved!
Surely the quiet absence of a high point of geekdom becomes news at some point!
Maybe too many geeks moved on to something else.
agreement should not have an age restriction
I might be misunderstanding you here, so apologies if I am.
Agreement absolutely should have an age restriction, because it comes down to the ability of the person making the agreement to make an informed decision. This is important because if the person making the agreement cannot make an informed decision, then we can't really be sure that noone is going to be hurt.
Is a 14 year old capable of making an informed decision? What about an 8 year old? Maybe, but as a society we've pretty much agreed that 18 is a reasonable place to set the bar.
We might ask who, if not the individual, is in a position to make such a decision on their behalf - I'd say here parents or guardians serve in that role until the child is old enough to make informed decisions.
I agree with the statement that the government is not our moral compass, but in this case I don't think this is about governments acting as a moral compass. I think it's about offering some protection to minors.
Democracy isn't about using the government to force your opinions on other people.
No, it's not. And I didn't say that. Please feel free to invent straw men and knock them down, but don't quote me when you do it. kthanxbye.
You don't have a choice with the government - you do what they say or they throw you in jail.
Hold on. Don't you elect your government in the US? When did the US become a dictatorship!? If you've elected a government that throws you in jail because you don't do what they say, then vote them out. If the rest of the people disagree with you and vote for the government you don't want, well, that's not a problem with government, is it? If the system's so broken you can't vote for the right people, change it. That's what democracy is all about.
Most people aren't significantly above average.
Erm, yes. In fact, half the population are below average. But it's OK; the other half are above average.