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Curiosity Rover Landing on Mars
The rover is a nuclear-powered, mobile scientific laboratory, equipped with
dozens of instruments. It is part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
(MSL) mission by the United States. The MSL mission has four main
scientific goals: investigation of the Martian climate, geology, and whether
Mars could have ever supported life, including investigation of the role of
water. Curiosity carries the most advanced payload of scientific equipment
ever used on the surface of Mars. Curiosity is NASA's fourth surface rover
to Mars in 16 years, and is the heaviest-ever robotic wheeled vehicle (at
900 kg) successfully deployed on a space mission, exceeding the 840 kg
mass of the former record holder, the Soviet Union' Lunokhod 2 lunar rover
The MSL spacecraft—with its payload Curiosity— was launched on
November 26, 2011 and successfully landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale
Crater on August 5, 2012 PDT, NASA mission control time.
Will Curiosity Rover do enough searching to secure the possibility of Mars
becoming the next Earth? Keep checking back on our site to find out!
Goals and objectives
The main scientific goals of the MSL mission are to help determine whether
Mars could ever have supported life, as well as determining the role of water,
and to study the climate and geology of Mars.
Attempting these goals, the Curiosity rover has six main scientific objectives:
• Determine the mineralogical composition of the crater surface and near-surface
• Attempt to detect chemical building blocks of life (biosignatures).
• Interpret the processes that have formed and modified rocks and soils.
• Assess the long timescale (i.e., 4-billion-year) Martian atmospheric evolution
• Determine present state, distribution, and cycling of water and carbon dioxide.
• Characterize the broad spectrum of surface radiation, including galactic
radiation, cosmic radiation, solar proton events and secondary neutrons