The Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, successfully launched this morning at 10:02am EST. The MSL is a nuclear powered exploratory robot outfitted with loads of experiments and investigative tools. I am looking forward to Curiosity’s arrival on the red planet and its findings. It’s too bad that I am not teaching Kim Stanley Robinson’sContinue reading “Mars or Bust! Curiosity Lifts Off This Pale Blue Dot Bound for the Red Planet”
The launch clock on NASA’s and JPL’s Mars Science Laboratory (aka: Curiosity) website is progressing toward a launch tomorrow. Hopefully, the weather holds out and the launch is successfully on-time as planned at 10:02AM EST. You can watch the launch tomorrow here (there are other videos and information about Curiosity on this website, too).
Over the Thanksgiving holiday 2011, NASA will launch the new Mars exploration robot Curiosity for an expected arrival on the the red planet in 2012. One of the missions for Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity is to measure the radiation on the surface of Mars for the duration of its operational life. Donald M. Hassler, Ph. D., ScienceContinue reading “Detecting Radiation on the Surface of Another Planet for the First Time, Curiosity on Mars 2012”