NASA | Happy Birthday, Curiosity!


[ music ] My name is Florence Tan, I’m the SAM Electrical Lead Engineer, I work at Goddard Space Flight Center. SAM stands for Sample Analysis at Mars. It is an organic chemistry lab on the Curiosity rover, it is the most well-equipped chemistry lab that we’ve sent to Mars to date. Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5, 2012. It was born on Mars that day, and so we consider that day as its birthday. We’re here at the test bed lab where SAM was built. It is an identical unit to the unit on Mars, and we use this unit to test our experiments before it is transmitted to Mars. SAM will be running some great science experiments on Mars, we will be analyzing some soil samples. To make the soil samples go down, we have to program it to vibrate at various frequencies. When we’re introducing a sample into SAM, it will go through a resonance and it will sound like this. [ electronic tone ] To commemorate SAM’s birthday and Curiosity’s birthday on Mars, we decided to play a little song. If there’s anyone listening on Mars on this special occasion, you will hear this. [ Happy Birthday to You ] It’s really neat, and it’s exciting! This is a first for NASA and for the world, and music brings us all together so this is fun! It’s been a great year on Mars and I cannot wait to get to Mount Sharp next year. We’ve discovered so many new things, and there’s still lots more discoveries to come. [ music ]

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  1. The rover just play this song in middle of the red desert and echoing all alone makes my heart implode and i'm sad now…

  2. ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ says:

    Happy Birthday Curiosity Rover.

  3. My brain just forced me to think about the Curiosity Rover like 10 years later, all rusted and with its wheels not working, and silently singing happy birthday a bit slower for the last time. Now i am sitting in the corner of my room crying.

  4. Why am I crying? 😭😭 like don’t you feel bad for poor Curiosity alone & never coming back and it sings itself happy birthday??😭😭 like honestly man this is so sad😭

  5. Imagine just rover sitting on the dirt singing happy birthday, no living being, or object except sand, except curiosity singing happy birthday

  6. Sad 6 years later it’s gone
    We may be able to see it when we go to mars but for now it’s just there collecting dust

  7. Don't worry, they're sending another rover to Mars this year or next year
    Then it won't have to sing happy birthday to itself.

  8. So a room full of the smartest people on earth care so much for an innanimate object that they decided to use their valuable time in developing a code so that curiosity can celebrate its birthday.
    I dont think its sad i think its rlly lovely how a person can love something they made to this extend

  9. “Happy birthday to you ! Happy birthday to you ! Happy birthday dear Curiosity river ! Happy birthday to you !” 🥺

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