Science and Exploration

Mars Curiosity Rover News Briefing

By Marc Boucher
August 3, 2012
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Mars Curiosity Rover News Briefing

On Thursday, August 2nd NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory provided held a news briefing to talk about the upcoming Mars Curiosity Rover landing.

Mission name: Mars Science Laboratory
Rover name: Curiosity rover
Size: About the size of a car — 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide and 7 feet tall!
Weight: 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds)
Features: Geology lab, rocker-bogie suspension, rock-vaporizing laser and lots of cameras
Mission: To search areas of Mars for past or present conditions favorable for life, and conditions capable of preserving a record of life
Launch: Between Nov. 25-Dec. 18, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida
Arrival: August 2012 at Mars
Length of mission on Mars: The prime mission will last one Mars year or about 23 Earth months.
Mission Fact sheet: Download the PDF

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