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NASA News Conference To Preview August Mars Rover Landing

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posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 12:21 PM
There will be a news conference on NASA TV on Monday, July 16 at 1:00 PM EDT (1600 UT) to discuss the upcoming landing of the newest Mars rover -- the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), which has been named "Curiosity". Curiosoty will be landing on Mars on August 5th (or 6th -- depending on your timezone)

Here is a link to the story, which includes other links for viewing the press conference on Monday, such as a link to the NASA TV stream and to ustream.

...and a link to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) MSL mission home page, which has a wealth of information regarding the "Curiosity" MSL:

Fort those of you not as familiar with this new rover, it will be the largest ever sent to Mars, and is the size of a small SUV. It will be landing in Gale Crater, which is a large and very old crater that probably once held standing water. Scientists think the region was once watery due to the evidence that the soil seems to have an abundance of clay, which is only known to form in wet environments (and where the water is neutral rather than overly acidic or overly basic/alkali). The surface of Gale Crater is dry now, but it seems as if it was probably a wet place in Mars' distant past.

Gale Crater is also interesting due to the highlands in the center (Mount Sharp) and the canyons around Mt. Sharp's perimeter. Scientists think that there will be exposed rock strata in the area around Mt Shard where billions of years of Martian geology (at least for that particular region) can be studied. NASA hopes to learn a geological history of Mars by studying rock strata.

By the way, I've posted the below video animation before, but for those of you who haven't seen the landing procedure for the MSL, check this out. The MSL is too heavy to use the airbag procedure used by the rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Sojourner, so it will be employing a different method. Pay close attention starting at about the 2:00 mark for the landing:

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posted on Jul, 14 2012 @ 03:29 AM
Thanks for posting,

I really am looking forward to seeing Curiosity land given that the sky crane does indeed work and everything goes according to plan. This very well could be the most successful mars rover yet, can't wait to see how the plutonium power source works out.

posted on Jul, 14 2012 @ 05:22 AM
That sure is one great simulation, just hope that in reality it all goes well. There's a lot of stages where an error or malfunction could scupper the whole thing.

Fingers crossed.

I must say, for all that technology to be used, there must be a big end result expected.

Can't wait to see the pictures.

posted on Jul, 16 2012 @ 08:09 AM
Just a reminder...

The press conference mentioned in the OP is today -- Monday, July 16 at 1:00 PM EDT (1600 UT), on NASA TV.


Link to Ustream video feed, which will include a moderated chat:

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posted on Aug, 3 2012 @ 06:07 PM
I have found a count down timer for the landing on The link is below. I'm really looking forward to seeing this myself.

posted on Aug, 3 2012 @ 06:25 PM
I really have my fingers crossed for this one .

Far to often we have had our dreams crushed with failed attempts to get something to Mars . I can only hope that this mission is a success !


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