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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 from 1973.

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 geological materials.
• 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 processes.
• 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