Mars Rover Mission Curiosity

  • On November 26, 2011, NASA launched their Mars Rover Curiosity.
  • It's main goal was to determine Mars' habitability right now and in the past. It's 7 biggest discoveries are...

  1. They tried out a new way of landing and it worked!
  2. Curiosity observed substantially higher radiation levels during its eight-month cruise through deep space. But overall, rover scientists say, the early numbers suggest that astronauts could endure a long-term, round trip Mars mission without accumulating a worryingly high dose (though a few big Mars-directed solar eruptions could complicate things considerably).
  3. Just seven weeks after Curiosity touched down, mission scientists announced that the rover had found an ancient stream-bed where water once flowed roughly knee-deep for thousands of years at a time.The discovery suggests that at least some parts of Mars may have been habitable billions of years ago, since life here on Earth thrives pretty much anywhere liquid water is found.
  4. In February, Curiosity used its hammering drill to bore 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) into a Red Planet outcrop called "John Klein," marking the first time any rover had ever drilled into a rock to collect samples on another world.
  5. Curiosity spotted some of the key chemical ingredients for life in the gray powder it drilled out of the John Klein rock, including sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon. The fine-grained rock also contains clay minerals, suggesting a long-ago aqueous environment — perhaps a lake — that was neutral in pH and not too salty, researchers said.
  6. As of late March, the robot's official Twitter feed has more than 1.3 million followers, and Curiosity has posted more than 1,900 tweets. The rover has also returned to Earth more than 49,000 images, which are viewable by the public at Curiosity's mission page.
  7. Curiosity's success has already had an impact on the future of NASA's Mars program. This past December, the agency announced that it plans to launch another big rover to Mars in 2020 — one that will be based on Curiosity's chassis and landing system.
  • David Lavery, Micheal Meyer, and Jim Erickson were all involved in the development and progress of the rover.
  • They used a lot of cool technology like Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer, Mars Hand Lens, Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer, Che-Min, Mast Camera, Radiation Assessment Detector,
  • This was an unmanned mission so scientists and astronauts had to control it from Earth.