By now you probably know his story: he's the man who went from sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll to science'n'engineering, from playing the bass guitar in the Bay Area to the genius who led Curiosity to the surface of Mars, turning seven minutes of terror into total triumph.

His name is Adam Steltzner, and he's here to answer any questions you may have about Mars Curiosity's epic entry, descent, and landing, the future of space exploration, and whatever may occur to you after watching this video.

Gizmodo has been covering the Mars Curiosity rover live from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Check all the articles here..

Adam will be answering your questions starting at 1pm EDT/10am PDT. He was going to do this yesterday, but he had an important call—from the President of the United States. You can start asking now.

The interview is now closed. Thank you so much for your time, Adam!


What Was It is a series of short interviews co-hosted on Gizmodo and io9 that asks the luminaries of science and technology what inspired them.