Curious about Curiosity?

Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars on August 6, 2012.  Live coverage is available online beginning August 5, 2012, 10:30pm PDT.  The rover’s mission is to learn whether Mars ever has or is still able to support microbial life.

The rover Opportunity is in its ninth year!  Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004 and found evidence of a past wet environment.  Opportunity has exceeded all expectations by continuing beyond its original several month mission.

One of the challenges rovers face on Mars is just getting there.  Entry and landing must occur within six minutes, within which time the spacecraft must slow down from 12,000 mph to zero.

Image

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s