Mars

12:51pm

Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

What A Blast! Curiosity Tests Its Laser; Zaps Rock 30 Times

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:50 pm

From NASA: A composite image, with "magnified insets," depicting the first laser test by Curiosity.
NASA

2:07pm

Wed August 15, 2012
NPR Story

India's Planned Mars Mission Irks Critics

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:23 pm

India turned 65 on Wednesday, and amid the great pomp and ceremony of National Day celebrations, the prime minister announced plans for a mission to Mars. India plans to send a research satellite to the Red Planet in November next year — at a cost of $82 million. Critics say the money would be better spent on the nation's creaky infrastructure, and connecting the 400 million Indians who are not on the national electricity grid.

2:45am

Fri August 10, 2012
Space

Followers Embrace Curiosity's Mars Tweets

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:05 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, at the same time that Adam Steltzner's team was waiting for news from Curiosity, tens of thousands of people around the world were waiting for some news from the rover's own Twitter feed. One week after landing, nearly 900,000 followers are getting to know the unique personality of Mars Curiosity. That's the rover's name on Twitter.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Here are a couple of Curiosity's tweets so far: You asked for pics from my trip, here you go: my first look of many to come of my new home, Mars.

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1:00am

Fri August 10, 2012
Joe's Big Idea

So You Landed On Mars. Now What?

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 4:28 am

Adam Steltzner, the leader of the rover's entry, descent and landing engineering team, cheers after Curiosity touched down safely on Mars on Sunday.
Bill Ingalls/NASA Getty Images

The Mars rover Curiosity is beginning its fifth day on the red planet, and it's been performing flawlessly from the moment it landed.

That's been especially gratifying for NASA landing engineer Adam Steltzner. Last Friday, while Steltzner was still on pins and needles waiting for the landing to take place, I told the story of Steltzner's decision as a young man to give up his life as a rocker and go for a career in space engineering.

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12:03pm

Wed August 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Amazingly Earth-like: Curiosity Beams First Full-Frame Photo Of Mars

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 2:20 pm

A photograph taken by NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

We can't help but tune into the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's daily news conference about NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission.

For the most part, it's very much inside baseball. The scientists talk about the nitty gritty details of getting the Curiosity Rover going and onto doing some science. They talk about reorienting antennas and about how a higher-than-predicted temperature won't have a significant effect on the mission.

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