Saturday, December 27, 2014   |   5,503 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

Curiosity on final approach to Mars


Posted on Sunday, 5 August, 2012 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


Image credit: NASA

 
NASA's Curiosity rover is feeling the tug of Mars' gravity as it prepares to land on the Red Planet.

The car-sized rover is on track to touch down on the surface of Mars with a signal expected back at 10:31 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 PDT to confirm that it has landed safely. Equipped with a huge array of science instruments and powered with a plutonium battery, Curiosity is the largest and most ambitious rover ever sent to another world.

"After flying more than eight months and 350 million miles since launch, the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft is now right on target to fly through the eye of the needle that is our target at the top of the Mars atmosphere," said Mission Manager Arthur Amador at JPL.

All eyes will be on NASA as they await the crucial first signal to indicate that the complex new "sky crane" landing system required to get the rover safely to the surface has worked correctly.

"The gravitational tug of Mars is now pulling NASA's car-size geochemistry laboratory, Curiosity, in for a suspenseful landing in less than 40 hours."

  View: Full article |  Source: NASA

  Discuss: View comments (23)

   


 


<< Previous story
 Australia releases UFO files
 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by DONTEATUS on 6 August, 2012, 5:22
The wait is Killing me !
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin on 6 August, 2012, 5:33
TOUCHDOWN !!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 6 August, 2012, 5:36
Woot! Woot! Success!!
Comment icon #17 Posted by pallidin on 6 August, 2012, 5:36
First image came in. Wheels on Mars!!!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 6 August, 2012, 5:37
Hi-res pic just came in!
Comment icon #19 Posted by pallidin on 6 August, 2012, 5:38
2nd and 3rd image just came in. All looks good!!!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 6 August, 2012, 5:38
So freaking cool
Comment icon #21 Posted by DONTEATUS on 6 August, 2012, 5:39
Hats off !
Comment icon #22 Posted by DKO on 6 August, 2012, 5:44
Woo Hoo! That was fun to watch. I can't wait for some good photos of Mars to come in now.
Comment icon #23 Posted by 27vet on 6 August, 2012, 6:15
Fantastic news!!!


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Other news in this category
Scientists develop new way to reach Mars
Posted 12-26-2014 | 4 comments
A cheaper and safer way to get to Mars will make it far easier to send missions there in the future....
 
Nukes could be used to destroy asteroids
Posted 12-22-2014 | 45 comments
The ultimate weapons of mass destruction could one day save us from complete annihilation....
 
NASA proposes a 'cloud city' above Venus
Posted 12-21-2014 | 49 comments
A future manned mission to Venus could see astronauts piloting blimps around the planet's atmosphere....
 
Kepler discovers new extrasolar planet
Posted 12-21-2014 | 7 comments
NASA's Kepler space telescope has made its first discovery since being crippled by a technical fault....
 
Could Eta Carinae explode and wipe us out ?
Posted 12-19-2014 | 24 comments
A massive and volatile star located 7,500 light years away is on the verge of going supernova....
 
Has Curiosity found evidence of life on Mars?
Posted 12-17-2014 | 47 comments
NASA's exploratory rover has discovered mysterious 'belches' of methane gas on the surface of Mars....
 
Color photograph of comet 67P released
Posted 12-15-2014 | 7 comments
For the first time Rosetta's new home can be viewed in full color, even though there isn't much of it....
 
Earth's water didn't come from comets
Posted 12-13-2014 | 31 comments
Rosetta has discovered that the water on comet 67P is different to the water that we have here on Earth....
 
Mystery of Titan's sand dunes solved
Posted 12-10-2014 | 7 comments
Scientists have determined how huge sand dunes up to 300ft high managed to form on the Saturnian moon....
 
New mountain-sized asteroid discovered
Posted 12-10-2014 | 9 comments
A Russian scientist has identified a huge asteroid that crosses the Earth's orbit every three years....
 
Mysterious 'island' discovered on Mars
Posted 12-7-2014 | 21 comments
NASA is trying to determine the origins of a strange circular feature in the Athabasca region of Mars....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2014
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ