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The biggest lab on wheels landed on Mars

Rover Curiosity, the biggest laboratory on wheels, successfully landed on the Red Planet's deepest crater called Gale and you can follow it on Twitter and Facebook as well.

  Author: mat | Source: nasa.gov | 6th August 2012  

Using retrorockets and hanging from ropes, the Rover Curiosity landed on Mars today at 07:32:54 am GMT+2 and also sent first photographs and tweets back to the Earth. Atlas rocket launch and its 36-week journey on the has come to the end, only to begin the two-year investigation of Mars surface.

The Curiosity rover is the most sophisticated and advanced vehicle ever to be sent from the Earth. The one tone, car sized and 2.5 billion worth rover is being propelled by an electric generator that is powered by plutonium, which guarantees a "life span" of 14 years. Rover plans to cover the distance of 200 meters per day and its territory will be the crater Gale, which is also the biggest crater on Mars. The main objective is the search of evidence of possible life from the past.

The rover will be on search for specific elements which could than answer the ever so boggling question were there ever conditions suitable for life on Mars.

The hardest part of the mission was the landing, which was conducted in several phases. Rover landed with the help of parachutes and retrorockets which soften the initial landing speed then a floating crane was used to actually drop the Curiosity rover to Mars surface.

To follow curiosity rover on Twitter, go here: http://www.facebook.com/MarsCuriosity
To follow curiosity rover on Facebook, go here: http://twitter.com/marscuriosity


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NikMan, 6th Aug 2012, 2:59 AM
Waiting for the HD images. I hope they will publish something really interesing.
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TheDude, 6th Aug 2012, 6:30 PM
First ever POV (Point Of View) video of Curiosity rover's descent:

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NikMan, 6th Aug 2012, 10:12 PM
Wow, that's amazing. But do you recognize the video. At the beginning I see the capsule going into planet and then I see the landing?
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jj_edwards, 6th Aug 2012, 10:33 PM
Here is also the last minutes in a space center. It's still amazing

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jj_edwards, 6th Aug 2012, 10:33 PM
Look at a descent.

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TheDude, 13th Aug 2012, 10:22 AM
Those Martians are playing games on us I tell you!


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NikMan, 14th Aug 2012, 12:43 AM
Check out the high resolution panorama imagetaken from Curiosity on the link below.


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TheDude, 20th Aug 2012, 2:21 AM
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) - a multipurpose spacecraft that is "patrolling" and exploring Mars - took this color photo of Curiosity Rover on Mars. The photo was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera attached to the MRO.

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NikMan, 20th Aug 2012, 10:06 PM
This video shows the final descent of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Descent Vehicle from Heat Shield Jettison through Touchdown as captured by the Mars Descent Imager that was provided by Malin Space Science Systems.Raw, unprocessed images were used for this video.

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TheDude, 27th Aug 2012, 7:20 AM
An interpolated footage of the complete Curiosity Rover's descent. Interpolated meaning they turned a 4 frames per second movie into a 25 frames per second, so it looks much more fluid and impressive as the original one.

Watch the complete descent of Curiosity in HD at 25 fps:

And a video with the old 4 fps and the new 25 fps versions playing side by side:

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