Michael Hawkins is a resident of Maine who loves biology. He likes to spend his free time hiking and defending science, though not usually at the same time. Contrary to popular (but not scientific) belief, the positive and appropriate perception of science is undermined by religion, alternative medicine, the U.S. education system, and most science journalists.
It wasn’t so much the excitement of the actual landing on Mars that got the public going – though, hey, it was exciting. No, instead I think it was the passion and vigor of the scientists behind the landing.