Curiosity Rover Seeks Out Life on Mars

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A National Treasure

"If anybody has been harboring doubts about the status of U.S. leadership in space, well, there’s a one-ton, automobile-size piece of American ingenuity, and it’s sitting on the surface of Mars right now," White House Science and Technology Advisor John P. Holdren, second left, said at a press conference following the landing. 

(Photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)