President Obama called to personally congratulate the crew behind NASA’s successful rover mission to Mars on Monday and asked them to inform him immediately if they made contact with Martians.
“If in fact you do make contact with Martians, please let me know right away,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of other things on my plate but I expect that would go to the top of the list. Even if they’re just microbes that would be pretty exciting.”
NASA live-streamed the president’s call to members of Curiosity’s Mars rover team, located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
“You’ve made us all proud,” he told them, calling their work “inspiring” and an example of American ingenuity.
“I’m going to give you guys a personal commitment to protect these investments in science and technology,” he said.
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