One NASA Employee’s Lonely Mars Rover Pre-Celebration

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When the rover Curiosity safely touched down on Mars at 1:32 a.m. this morning — Eastern Standard earth time! — the brainiacs at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory were understandably elated, and shared in this elation together, as a team. Except for one guy, whose computer seems to have tipped him off to the mission's success about three seconds earlier than everyone else. Pre-celebrations: so exciting, yet so lonely.