National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

9:17pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Space

Curiosity Landing: "We Are Wheels Down On Mars"

Screencap of Mission Control at the JPL celebrating the landing of Curiosity.
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NASA's latest rover, this particular one the size of an automobile, successfully landed on Mars late into the evening Mountian time. Curiosity is safely on the surface and already feeding data back to Earth.

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3:55pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Space

Life On Mars? Try One Of Saturn's Moons Instead

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 4:46 pm

One of the things the Mars rover will look for is organic molecules that could at least indicate whether there was once life on the Red Planet. But if searching for life in outer space is the goal, many scientists now say we might have better luck elsewhere — specifically one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus.

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2:30pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Space

Waiting For A Sign: Mars Rover To Land On Its Own

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 9:49 pm

An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft depicts the final minute before the rover, Curiosity, touches down on the surface of Mars.
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If all goes according to plan, the Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will land gently on Mars at 10:31 PDT Sunday night. The rover's entry, descent and landing will last for a total of seven minutes. During that time, the rover must slow down from 13,000 mph to a dead-stop touchdown on the surface of Mars.

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7:44am

Sun August 5, 2012
Space

Opportunity To Be Less Lonely As Latest NASA Rover To Land On Mars

Opportunity on the rim of the Santa Maria Crater, seen by the MRO in 2011.
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NASA has three rovers on Mars right now: the twins Opportunity and Spirit, and the Sojourner. Of those three, only Opportunity is operational and is set to be joined by Curiosity on Sunday night.

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5:34am

Sun August 5, 2012
Space

How This Mission To Mars Is Different From Others

NPR's Joe Palca will be at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to monitor the Mars mission landing Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. PDT. Palca talks with guest host Linda Wertheimer about the Mars landing and purpose of the mission.

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