August 6, 2012

Curiosity Reaches Mars


It's sometimes difficult to imagine good weather in outer space, but it seems that Mom Nature provided just that for the landing of Curiosity. It took eight months and 350 million miles to make it to Mars this morning after "seven minutes of terror." It then sent a signal via NASA's Odyssey orbiter because Earth was beneath Mars' horizon.

For the next two years the rover will climb up Mount Sharp to study clay and sulfate and see if conditions are favorable for supporting microbial life (unless the Martians object.)


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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 6, 2012 11:35 AM
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