Today, we witnessed a few great feats of mankind, beginning with the crew at NASA.
We put a frigging rover on Mars! With sensors and cameras, a virtual flying science lab, the mission was undertaken originally to further determine if there was once life on the red planet. How this thing made it millions of miles to the predetermined location, taking eight months to complete, puts the moonwalk (sorry, Michael!) to shame. The moonwalk I refer to happened in 1969 and is rumored to have taken place inside a Hollywood soundstage!! Just like Michael's!
A South African runner can compete with ablebodied athletes in 2012. He's a double amputee, and he made it all the way to the semifinals of his event at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, currently being held:
Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African sprint runner. Known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs", Pistorius, who has a double amputation, is the world record holder for class T44 in the 100, 200 and 400 metres events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Össur. What an amazing human specimen, and such an inpiration to amputees all over the world.
And finally, a Jamaican sprinter ran an astonishing race today to qualify as the "fastest man alive".
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Yusain Bolt won the 100 metres gold medal with a running time of 9.63 seconds, setting a new Olympic record for that particular distance and defending his gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. He was followed by his fellow Jamaican, Yohan Blake, who won silver with a running time of 9.75 seconds. Following the race, seventh place finisher Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago declared "There's no doubt he's the greatest sprinter of all time"; while the USA Today referred to Bolt as a Jamaican "national hero", noting that his victory came just hours before Jamaica was to celebrate their 50th anniversary of Independence from the United Kingdom. With his 2012 win, Bolt became the first man to defend an Olympic sprint title since Carl Lewis in 1988.
All in all, it was a pretty kickass day here on the third rock, in London, and beyond. Tomorrow we experience the thrill of victory and skip the agony of defeat! Till then, keep your tubes hot and your antenna up! See you then!