Discover the "Curiosity"
The Curiosity rover is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL).
Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST aboard the MSL spacecraft and successfully landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC. The Bradbury Landing site was less than 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the center of the rover's touchdown target after a 563,000,000 km (350,000,000 mi) journey.The landing site coordinates are: 4.5895°S 137.4417°E.
The rover's goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater ever has offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for future human exploration.
During the 2012 Career Exploration Day, our featured NASA speaker Mr.Gregory Galgana will present on this rover and answer your questions. We have three consecutive sessions scheduled for your convenience.
Time: Wednesday, 10/31/2012.
10:00 AM -11:00 AM
11:00 AM -12:00 PM
12:00 PM -1:00 PM
Location: SETB Lecture Hall
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team member Gregory Galgana Villar III. Photo courtesy of Villar