CURIOSITY Phone Home!
Launched by NASA aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket on November 26 2011 the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) – Mars Rover ‘Curiosity’ due to land 05:31 GMT (06:31 BST) on August 6, 2012, (22:31 PDT August 5,2012) in ‘Gale Crater’- in the region of Mars 5km high Mountain, Aeolis palus (Mount Sharp) having travelled 570 million km (352 million miles) to reach Mars. It’s mission, part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program; managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of California Institute of Technology is expected to last for a minimum of one Martian year (687 Earth days) and will cover an area of 5 x 20 km – larger than any other previous Mars Rover.
Curiosity will have four scientific goals and objectives:
1. Discover if the Martian environment is or was ever capable of supporting life
2. Martian climate study
3. Study of the Martian geology
4. Planning and preparation for a future manned Mars mission
- Including the measurement of internal spacecraft radiation exposure during flight to Mars
Curiosity’s progress can be followed HERE!>>>