Mars rover to launch this week

NASA’S MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY mission, carrying the car-sized Curiosity rover, is only days away from launch. The video above explains what scientists hope to achieve with the mission.

The ambitious mission will see the nuclear-powered rover spend at least two years investigating the geology of Gale Crater, a 154-kilometre-wide crater just south of Mars crater.

Gale is named after Walter Frederick Gale, an Australian astronomer of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Mars Science Laboratory is set for lift-off at 2:02am, Sydney time, on Sunday, November 27.

Adapted from information issued by NASA.

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  1. Pete says:

    Jon M, I absolutely agree! What a privilege it would be to be able to physically help out in some way.

    Mind you, I think the queue would be slightly longer than “just around the block”, and it would take *forever* to get all the bolts done up. And checked.

  2. Jon Matthews says:

    Just amazing. If I was able to be involved in this project just to may be do up one bolt on the Curiosity Mars Rover I would feel very fulfilled. I can’t imagine how good it must feel to actually have contributed to this project. All the best of luck to you for the mission.