Within ten minutes of this thing hitting the ground they got the first pictures back showing it on the ground, showing one of the wheels. (interruption) What was the question, HR? (interruption) (laughing) HR wants to know if it’s near the flag. Yeah, Sheila Jackson Lee was visiting NASA in Houston. That’s her district. She was in the Johnson Space Center for a previous Mars rover mission and that little rover… This thing is huge by the way. This rover is huge. This rover is larger than a Volkswagen, it looks like. It’s huge, for what it is.
And one of those missions, they brought Sheila Jackson Lee in. She’s a member of Congress. You know, show her the money is being well spent. And, as it’s shown moving around the Martian surface, she said, “Is it gonna go to where the astronauts planted the flag?” Of course, the staff of the Johnson Space Center said, “Okay, we got a woman here who doesn’t have the slightest idea that we’re talking about Mars, not the moon. How do we, A, not laugh; and then how do we answer her question without embarrassing her ’cause there’s a lot of other people here?” (interruption)
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Oh, that’s right, folks. I’m sorry. We didn’t build that. We didn’t build the space program. Never mind. We didn’t build that.
No, wait a minute!
We damn well did build it ’cause there aren’t any roads and bridges up there yet.
We damn well did build it!