NASA/JPL’s Mars rover Curiosity landed successfully on Mars early last month. Famously expensive and technologically sophisticated, a mission like this is a true marvel. One mission scientist, when challenged by a journalist to justify the staggering 2+ billion dollar price tag, reminded the writer that every penny of that budget was spent right here on Earth. All of that money was spent to support jobs, manufacturing, and research in the US and a few contributing international partners.
The video above tells the story of a small company in Rockford, Illinois who had a small but critical part in the construction of this wonderful machine. The pride and deep meaningfulness of their work is evident. This is a great story, and one that is told many times on the web. Other contributions of small businesses can be found here, here, and here.
Shout out to Kottke for first highlighting this story.