Postcards from Mars: Wishing You Were Here
21 November 2011
Sojourner started it all. Soon thereafter a set of twins -- Spirit and Opportunity -- "followed in her rover tracks," however making new imprints in new places on the Red Planet. The newest rover on the block -- Curiosity -- will be launching to Mars this Saturday, 26 November 2011.
It has been a long journey -- eight years since the proposal stage for Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover -- and yet the mission is really only beginning. Once the rover arrives on the Martian soil in August 2012 we will see it travel farther and stronger than any other Mars rover. Curiosity will also carry the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on the Martian surface. Some of Curiosity's equipment allows the rover to gather samples of rocks and soil, process them and then distribute them to onboard test chambers inside analytical instruments. No wonder this rover is named "Curiosity." And we know that there is a lot for Curiosity to be curious about on Mars from the rovers that preceded her.
We can't wait to see what Curiosity will discover in her space of the Red Planet (Gale Crater) and how her new technologies will perform there. While we wait and wonder what Curiosity will add to the Rover family album, take a look below to see snapshots taken and sent home by Curiosity's sisters. (11 images total)