Wil WHeaton was out at JPL this week with TechTV, it turns out. He just posted about it, with some amusing comments about wanting to ask about
the rover's deflector shields or photoshopping Martians out of images.
We talked a lot about what they expected to learn from this mission, and how relieved they were that it's working so well, especially considering all the losses they've had from recent Mars missions. Their optimism and excitement was infectious, and electric, and I was very grateful to be there to share some of it with them.