SPACE- TERRA INCOGNITA
NASA & JPL's: Curiosity Rover on MARS
Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL).Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST aboard the MSL spacecraft and successfully landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC. The Bradbury Landing site was less than 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the center of the rover's touchdown target after a 563,000,000 km (350,000,000 mi) journey.The rover's goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for future human exploration.Curiosity's design will serve as the basis for a planned Mars 2020 rover mission. In December 2012, Curiosity's two-year mission was extended indefinitely.In April and early May 2013, Curiosity went into an autonomous operation mode for approximately 25 days during Earth–Mars solar conjunction. During this time, the rover continued to monitor atmospheric and radiation data, but did not move on the Martian surface.
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VIDEO OF THE MONTH
Watch as six grade school girls’ (from Bowling Green, Kentucky) seemingly impossible, but absolutely achievable plan to launch a payload of cameras into the stratosphere to take measurements, photographs and video of the curvature of the earth and black of space becomes a reality. The most exciting part is around 4:40 when the weather balloon bursts at almost 120,000 feet (22.3 miles) above the surface of the earth and the payload begins to plummet back towards earth. They hope that they will be an inspiration to other young ladies and help encourage more of them to explore science, math, engineering and the art of making things with technology. Go to edgeandback.com to learn more.