NEWS RELEASE · 6th August 2012
NASA's most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation.
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing ever attempted on Mars, including the final severing of the bridle cords and flyaway maneuver of the rocket backpack.
Curiosity landed at 10:32 p.m. Aug. 5, PDT, (1:32 a.m. EDT Aug. 6) near the foot of a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter inside Gale Crater. During a nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate whether the region ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life.
"The Seven Minutes of Terror has turned into the Seven Minutes of Triumph," said NASA Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld. "My immense joy in the success of this mission is matched only by overwhelming pride I feel for the women and men of the mission's team."
Curiosity returned its first view of Mars, a wide-angle scene of rocky ground near the front of the rover. More images are anticipated in the next several days as the mission blends observations of the landing site with activities to configure the rover for work and check the performance of its instruments and mechanisms.
"Today, the wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars," declared NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether life ever existed on Mars -- or if the planet can sustain life in the future,"
Confirmation of Curiosity's successful landing came in communications relayed by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter and received by the Canberra, Australia, antenna station of NASA's Deep Space Network.
Curiosity carries 10 science instruments with a total mass 15 times as large as the science payloads on the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Some of the tools are the first of their kind on Mars, such as a laser-firing instrument for checking elemental composition of rocks from a distance. The rover will use a drill and scoop at the end of its robotic arm to gather soil and powdered samples of rock interiors, then sieve and parcel out these samples into analytical laboratory instruments inside the rover.
To handle this science toolkit, Curiosity is twice as long and five times as heavy as Spirit or Opportunity. The Gale Crater landing site places the rover within driving distance of layers of the crater's interior mountain. Observations from orbit have identified clay and sulfate minerals in the lower layers, indicating a wet history.
"This is an amazing achievement, made possible by a team of scientists and engineers from around the world and led by the extraordinary men and women of NASA and our Jet Propulsion Laboratory," added Bolden. “President Obama has laid out a bold vision for sending humans to Mars in the mid-2030's, and today's landing marks a significant step toward achieving this goal."
UFO SPOTTED IN TERRACE RIVER BOAT DAYS FIRE WORKS
Comment by Kitsumkalum Member: on 6th August 2012
Forget about the Rover on Mars. That little twitter tin can un manned vehicle from NASA.
Some one better start talking about what the town seen on River Boat Days Fire Works.
August 4 2012.
That UFO machine never vanished. The Rover traveled 450 million miles away from Planet earth, if that is correct.
So logically the UFO that flew over Terrace BC if they are Aliens. Traveled a great distance as well from there planet.
I asked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. What is that in the sky. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said, they do not know what it is. They phoned into Ottawa. Who were to female corps patrol unit.
When the RCMP are phoning the National Parliament of Canadian Intelligence Secret Services. This is a National Scale of air space NORAD - Communications. This is clearly a
So advise to all the people looking at the sky. Do not flash your pit lamps into the sky. Unless you know martian martial arts. Cause clearly we are not near the intelligence of this machine technology.
Watch the video: For the ones who were there, such as I.
That was real as it gets, scared the hell out of my community members.
Made Terrace BC dwarf in Awe.
Here is the video evidence, there is tons of it out there.
TERRACE BC UFO
While I agree wholeheartedly
Comment by Dave B on 6th August 2012
While I agree we are a disgrace in our dealings with one another, life - both humanoid, mammal, plant even reptiles and insects (ever think that life from elsewhere is already here - they studied the earth and decided who to deal with and communicate with - ants, whales, dolphins, bees - we're just too self centred to think outside our box) - I do not discredit what is being done to search beyond our sphere. If others in the past didn't do searching we'd all be crammed into a continent called Africa (maybe it was there). As we destroy (and nature will do it anyhow - we're just speeding up the process through our excesses) the very earth we depend upon, we may need this research and exploration for your great, great, great, great, great offspring to carry on! Who really knows how life got here - not over riding the religious beliefs of so many - but maybe we are the result of visionary life fro Venus millions of our years ago.
I'm just sayin'
Well that escalated quickly...
Comment by Andrew j on 6th August 2012
I highly disagree Maggie.
Comment by R1chard Jenn1ss on 6th August 2012
There are a number of spin off technologies attributed to NASA. Thanks to those spin offs you have things like cell phones, digital cameras, UV protective glass and so on... Technology needs to be discovered and you do so by... doing such missions like going to Mars.
We lost Nortel, RIM is in trouble. Thankfully MDA is still Canadian.
As we loose our manufacturing jobs, the highest tax base where do we turn next? How do we pay for infrastructure? We need knowledge based jobs or maybe we should build pipelines instead.
We humans are so messed up. No?
Comment by Maggie Jo Johnson on 6th August 2012
Why the extreme expensive costs to try to find 'Life on Mars' on the taxpayer's dime?
Hallooooooo.... (sadly shaking my head here).
We have Life on our own Planet that we repeatedly fail to tend to. You know...just one example - where we abort babies in the womb not due to any health risks but out of pure selfish, convenience sake. We repeatedly kill our own kind and get away with it. We've degressed as a human race to that low?! Wow.
What would the aliens think about how we treat our own kind? I bet the aliens would never kill THEIR unborn creatures.
Oh right. I forgot. Our human babies in the womb on Planet Earth are not legally deemed "human beings".....while an utter single drop of water being located on another planet is designated with such respectful 'Pomp and Circumstance' upon the realization that there could possibly be a 'lifeform'" there that needs to be most vehemently protected by all power & means possible.
Really? really??? (Heavy sigh) really??? R U kidding me?
We can't even look after our own kind, while we narcistically try to assume other potential life forms to possibly claim ownership over that?!
People: We need to clean up our own houses first before narcistically assuming anothers' dwelling(s).
Oh man. We humans are so messed up.