“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Monday, August 06, 2012
First Video and live NASA feed confirm Rover landing on Mars
Live broadcasting by Ustream The $2.5 billion mission saw the one-ton, six-wheeled, nuclear-powered vehicle blaze through the pink Martian sky and touch down inside an ancient crater. After a journey that had lasted eight months, and covered 352 million miles of space, Curiosity performed a series of aerial acrobatics before landing safely near the equator. Jubilant scientists hugged, wept and distributed Mars chocolate bars to each other as one of them announced: "Touchdown confirmed. We are wheels down on Mars. Oh, my God." Minutes later Curiosity sent back pictures showing one of it wheels, and its own shadow on the Martian surface. Curiosity is Nasa’s seventh landing on Earth’s neighbour but the most ambitious and expensive.