Curiosity lands on Mars

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From CNN in the USA:

NASA’s rover Curiosity lands on Mars

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

August 6, 2012 — Updated 0916 GMT (1716 HKT)

NASA’s rover Curiosity successfully carried out a highly challenging landing on Mars early Monday, transmitting images back to Earth after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space in order to explore the Red Planet.

The $2.6 billion Curiosity made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the “seven minutes of terror.”

This jaw-dropping landing process, involving a sky crane and the world’s largest supersonic parachute, allowed the spacecraft carrying Curiosity to target the landing area that scientists had meticulously chosen.

The mission control in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California burst into cheers as the rover touched down. Team members hugged and high-fived one another as Curiosity beamed back the first pictures from the planet, some shed tears.

See also here.

Dutch researcher cheers Mars landing: here.

Aug 6, 2012 — Curiosity found its new home on Mars early Monday, settling down beside a giant mound of layered rock inside an ancient crater at 1:32 a.m. EDT. The rover opened its eyes and took these photos of its surroundings, the first-ever images of this part of the planet: here.

Mars orbiter catches Curiosity by the tail: here.

NASA News: Mars Curiosity Rover Beams Higher-Resolution Photo Back To Earth: here.

What’s Next For Curiosity On Mars: here.

Curiosity might prove we’ve already found life on Mars: here.

Update, August 2013: here.

On Mars, NASA’s Curiosity Rover Seeks Smoother Road to Reduce Wheel Damage: here.

Mars clays may have volcanic source: Deposits didn’t need flowing water to form, new research suggests: here.

Salvatore Babones, Truthout: “Virgin Galactic, billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism venture, is charging $200,000 a seat for a few minutes of weightlessness and a view from outer space. The firm has so far taken in $70 million in deposits from 536 passengers, according to an August 1 report from Reuters. Call me old-fashioned, but I personally find it morally offensive that some people can afford to spend $200,000 on a three-minute experience when others can’t afford food”: here.

AFTER 28 MONTHS ON MARS, ROVER REPORTS POTENTIAL FOR LIFE ON THE PLANET “NASA’s Curiosity rover has explored Gale Crater for 833 Martian days, or Sols. And it has found evidence, written in red rocks and sand, of lakes and streams on a warmer, wetter, habitable Mars.” Would-be space explorers are clamoring for a one-way ticket to the planet. [NYT]

NASA’S ROVER FINDS POTENTIAL PROOF OF LIFE ON MARS “NASA’s Curiosity rover has found spikes of methane in the Martian atmosphere, a gas that on Earth is strongly tied to life. The rover also found organic chemicals in a soil sample collected by a robotic drill. They are the latest findings as NASA hunts for clues about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Last week, scientists determined that billions of years ago, a lake filled the 96-mile-wide crater being explored by Curiosity.” [Reuters]

Curiosity rover marks fifth year on Mars: here.

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