NASA lands car-size rover beside Martian mountain

Curiosity on MarsPASADENA, Calif. -- 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. (NASA press release)

"Eyes on the Solar System" features Curiosity rover landing on Mars

MSL skycrane"Eyes on the Solar System" is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. You can explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager spacecraft. And now you can ride with Curiosity all the way to the surface of Gale crater. Preview the events of Entry Descent and Landing, or watch live.

SAM I am

SAM installationTucked inside the Curiosity rover is a miniature chemistry lab designed to unlock the secrets of Mars. In the following YouTube video (courtesy of NASAexplorer) Principal Investigator Paul Mahaffy, Deputy Principal Investigator Pamela Conrad, and MSL Participating Scientist Jennifer Eigenbrode discuss their work on SAM, the Sample Analysis at Mars, and its mission to the figure out the past and present chemistry of the Red Planet.

Course maneuver successful; MSL begins final approach

Curiosity on Final ApproachLate Saturday night, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft successfully fine-tuned its course to better zero in on its target entry point into the Martian atmosphere on landing day.

Mars orbiter repositioned to phone home Mars landing

Mars Odyssey OrbiterBecause of control system problems last week it looked for a while like the Mars Odyssey orbiter might not be in position to monitor Curiosity's landing in real-time. Those problems have been corrected and Odyssey, which began its science mapping mission of Mars way back in February 2002, should be able to relay prompt news of the rover's touchdown in Gale Crater.

Brother, can you spare an Xbox?

Curiosity roverNASA has developed a free Kinect Xbox Mars Rover Landing game that lets you share Curiosity's "seven minutes of terror" as you try to guide her from atmospheric entry to a safe landing in Gale Crater. It would be great to have an one at our party. Email me if you can help out.

New York Times mentions Atlanta Mars Landing Party in its Curiosity coverage

descent diagramAn article by Kenneth Chang in The New York Times Wednesday ("Seven Minutes of Terror" Video Grabs Online Audience for NASA) discusses how NASA is using social media to generate excitement about landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars early next month. Atlanta Science Tavern Director, Marc Merlin, was interviewed for the article where he described plans for our Mars landing celebration here.

Carol Paty: Fly me to a moon... or two... or three!

JUICEThe European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen its next major mission: it's headed to Jupiter to check out three of the planet's largest moons. The JUICE mission, which stands for JUpiter ICy moon Explorer, is expected to launch in 2022 and arrive at the Jupiter system in 2030

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James Wray: Landing on Mars in just one month!

VikingWell, okay, it's a month and a day. But today is Independence Day here in the U.S., and while contemplating achievements that are so far uniquely American, landing on Mars and successfully doing science there stands out in my mind.

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Martian dune buggy

From the JPLnews channel on YouTube: NASA engineers take the Curiosity test rover to California's Mojave desert to learn how to drive on Martian sand dunes.

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