The Exploration of Mars

 

The Mars Science Laboratory

NASA's latest rover is on Mars ... and so is a member of our committee!

The Mars Science Laboratory landed on the morning of August 6, following an 8-month journey through space! Now it will spend at least 2 years exploring the surface of Mars, and sending back its findings to Earth.

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The rover, named "Curiosity" is a 6-wheeled vehicle which is expected to explore Mars for at least 2 years.

A simulated view of MSL approaching Mars, reaching a peak velocity of around 13,000 mph!

A simulated view of the rover being lowered to the surface by the revolutionary SkyCrane.

The first 360° panorama taken by Curiosity on the surface of Mars.

3 Rovers - A dramatic indication of the sizes of the Pathfinder Sojourner, the Mars Exploration Rovers, and the Mars Science Laboratory.

The view towards 3.4-mile-high Mount Sharp.
A first view (left), showing its height, and a close-up (above)



These links show the latest images and videos from MSL Curiosity.

  Full details of the mission can be found at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl 
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Jerry Stone on Mars

As well as the various instruments on the rover, it also has a micro-chip on which is recorded the names of all the mission supporters - and that includes a member of the Mars Society UK committee!
This is actually Jerry's 4th landing on Mars, as his name is on a CD-ROM on the landing platforms of each of the Mars Exploration Rovers, and it's on a mini-DVD on the Phoenix lander.

You can listen to Jerry in an interview on BBC 3 Counties Radio, discussing the mission - and the micro-chip - here.

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