Monday 6 August 2012

Curiosity lands on Mars

Celebrations at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

We are wheels down on Mars” was the official word from mission control as NASA’s new Mars rover, Curiosity, reached the surface of its new home.


Curiosity's first images showed pebbles, dust, and the shadow of the rover on the surface of Mars.

Curiosity Rover photo on the surface of Mars

Curiosity will drill, sample, and laser-shoot rocks on the Martian surface over the course of it's initial two years to figure out what minerals and elements they contain. In particular, it will search for organic carbon that could indicate fossilized life forms and also sniff the Martian atmosphere for gasses such as methane that could be a sign of present-day life.