posted on Jun, 8 2012 @ 11:30 AM
For those of you who have been following (or are interested in following) the progress of the Mars Science Laboratory rover named "Curiosity", there
will be a telephone press conference on Monday June 11 at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT, or 1600 UTC). The purpose of the telephone conference is to give a
status update on Curiosity, which is set to land on Mars on August 5th (or 6th, depending on your time zone).
It's a telephone conference, so if the public wants to listen in, it will be audio only. The website to access the audio stream is:
Audio Stream Link
Link to JPL article about Teleconference:
NASA Hosts Teleconference About Rover En Route To
For the people not as familiar with this mission, the Mars Science Laboratory (or MSL) is a rover that has been named "Curiosity". This is largest
rover ever sent to Mars, and has a powerful suite of instruments. It will be landing in the "Gale Crater" area of Mars. Gale Crater is an
interesting place for two reasons:
1. The soil consists of a lot of clay, and clay can only form in areas of standing water, and in water that is neutral rather than acidic. So it is
thought that Gale Crater was once a very wet place -- and it may have been very wet around the same time life was emerging on Earth.
2. There are canyon walls and a mountain peak inside Gale Crater that should have exposed geological strata lines that would allow scientists to
study the past geology of that part of Mars, perhaps going back a few billion years.
For more info about the MSL, click this link to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL's) MSL mission website:
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