I could make some attempt at linking this incredible footage of Curiosity's descent into Mars, I could remind you of the multiple video games that have been set on Mars, or I could ramble on about Mass Effect. But really, I'm posting this because it's incredible, and you should watch it. We're on Mars, people. We are on Mars.
What has consistently blown my mind about all the footage and photographs sent back from Curiosity is the sheer normality of it all. Mars looks like, and is, a real place. I guess it's years of CGI, or video game representations, but seeing it as a real thing, with proper footage is almost bewilderingly banal. That's what's so special about it.