Having been given that public trust, we have a responsibility to share with the public.
We didn't know if the rover could climb up or down the hills of the crater.
These rovers are living on borrowed time. We're so past warranty on them. You try to push them hard every day because we're living day to day.
That's really what science is just trying to figure stuff out, and I like figuring stuff out.
The thing that sets Mars apart is that it is the one planet that is enough like Earth that you can imagine life possibly once having taken hold there.
You create a pile of dirt and then drive over it. We may have to learn to drive all over again.
It's not going to fill in the potholes. It's not going to put a roof over people's heads. What it does is it helps to address really fundamental questions of who we are, where we came from, by which I mean we can learn how life came about.
When we opened our eyes, we saw bedrock exposed in the walls of the crater.
We're stunned by the diversity of rocks. This stuff looks like it was put into a blender.
This whole mission has surpassed all of our expectations.
I can't ever remember not wanting to be a scientist.
The rocks, to a great extent, look swept clean. It's a much cleaner surface than what we had a right to hope for.