"Curiosity" Ready To Rove On Mars!
What is the significance for NASA, the purpose of this mission and buzz about it? Lets find out.
NASA has successfully launched 3 rovers in the past. However this mission is very special as the rover is nearly 10 times the size of the other Martian rovers. It carries the most advanced scientific gear ever to be used on Mars, including 10 research instruments and 17 cameras to survey the landscape and record experiments.
A picture perfect landing
If you thought that landing for a space mission would be like landing a plane, then you have it totally wrong. Nothing is complete until the rover is delivered safely on Martian soil.
And now the mission begins…
The rover at 9 feet long is presently sitting on the crater rim of Gale Crater, relaying its images and research notes to NASA’s base through radio. The first few images that have come through have already excited the scientists at NASA.
Curiosity was certainly a do-or-die mission for NASA given the breadth of the mission and the spectacular costs involved. The successful landing of Curiosity could not have been timelier for NASA already beset by budgetary constraints.
Over the next two years Curiosity will explore Gale Crater and Mount Sharp analyzing rocks along the path for signs of food, carbon and water – the building blocks of life on Earth powered by nuclear fuel. This mission has certainly opened up new vistas for human space exploration and maybe manned missions to Mars in decades to come. This is really space history in the making...