Monday, August 6, 2012

Curiosity has landed!

The newest Mars rover, Curiosity, has landed on Mars! This is an amazing feat; Curiosity is five times heavier and twice as big as the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and had to be landed in a completely new fashion. It's seven minute descent and landing was called the "Seven minutes of terror" by NASA. 


Seven minutes of terror

These are the first images from Curiosity: 

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What exactly is Curiosity, other than another Mars rover? Originally called the Mars Science Lab (MSL), Curiosity is a giant rover whose main mission is to search for evidence that Mars may once had the "basic building blocks necessary for microbial life to evolve." (Steve Gorman and Irene Klotz). This is also NASA's first astrobiology mission since the 1970's.

Congrats to NASA, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and everyone who worked for the success of the Curiosity rover! 
What do you think about the landing of Curiosity? Leave your comments below! 

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8 comments:

  1. Is Curiosity's main task is to check whether Mars can be livable?

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    1. Pretty much! It's trying to determine Mars' habitability; to see if Mars was ever capable of hosting microbial life.

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  2. I'm really curious to see whether it really is habitable.

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    1. I am as well! It is pretty well agreed upon that the potential was there long ago, but it would be incredible to find out if there are any extremophiles may be there now!

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  3. Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing! :)

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