Party With Alejandro!

In this illustration, NASA’s Perseverance rover gets its first look at the Martian surface below, after dropping its heat shield just under six minutes after entry into the Mars atmosphere. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021.

When the Perseverance landed on Mars, I watched it from work so I only  did a quiet little happy dance.

Do you know who did NOT do a quiet little happy dance?

Alejandro Miguel San Martin- Alejandro has been a NASA engineer for over 35 years.

This is his FIFTH Mars landing.

 I could watch him loving this moment in time over and over again.

I’ve posted the original video shot by his daughter because I like the little bio that she included.


The next time we land something on Mars let’s go hang out with Alejandro. I think we will have a blast.



A portion of the panorama captured by the Mastcam-Z camera system aboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover. The full panorama consists of 142 images taken on Feb. 21, 2021.

Great article:

NASA Chief Engineer Watches Perseverance Touchdown From Home & His Reaction Is Priceless

Alejandro Miguel San Martin, the chief engineer of four previous Mars landings had no choice but to turn his daughter’s childhood bedroom into a makeshift control room to monitor the NASA Perseverance landing. 

If I Had To Choose…

There’s a page you can visit on the NASA site and you can find the most popular and newest  photos and other media that  they’ve uploaded HERE

If I had to pick three, I’d say these are my favorites and I’ve noted why:

The Ultimate Selfie:

This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at a drilled sample site called “Okoruso,”
Date Created: 2016-06-13

Pluto is and always shall be a planet. I don’t care what ANYBODY says.

Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the spacecraft’s Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto.

If this were a shot from a Sci-Fi / horror film, you’d know something really bad was about to happen. So. LUV it:

Wispy tendrils of hot dust and gas glow brightly in this ultraviolet image of the Cygnus Loop nebula, taken by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer. The nebula lies about 1,500 light-years away.

I would encourage you to visit this page and take a look at the great material NASA has up. And do NOT race through them, there is so much to see in each shot- savor it!

Anita Marie