I have been watching the coverage of the Curiosity Rover on NASA TV for the last hour, and it has been pretty exiting! Curiosity is the latest in a series of rovers to be sent to Mars by NASA. The goal of this mission to determine if Mars could have ever supported life. The advanced technology aboard Curiosity will answer this question and provide the most detailed information on Mars to date.
This is certainly an exciting development for NASA. Although the manned space program has ended, it is great to see that NASA is still investing in rovers and orbiters. Personally, I am looking forward to New Horizon‘s view of Pluto, but we will have to wait until 2015!
I was hoping to add some photos from Mars, but all of NASA’s websites are currently down due to heavy traffic!
UPDATE: I was able to get this picture from NASA’s Facebook page. It shows Curiosity’s wheel.
UPDATE 2: And yet another cool photo from Facebook. This show Curiosity’s shadow!
UPDATE 3: NASA’s HiRISE team announces that their orbiter was able to capture an image of the Curiosity Rover descending toward the surface of Mars last night.