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Mars rover Curiosity landing site narrowed

Posted on Tuesday, 12 June, 2012 | Comment icon 3 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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NASA has narrowed the planned target landing area for when the rover touches down in two months time.

The Curiosity rover is due to land on the surface of Mars in August when it will begin a two-year mission to determine if the planet was ever hospitable to life through a series of complex instruments it will be carrying on board. One of the most important areas to study will be at the foot of a large mountain and by changing the landing site NASA scientists hope to reduce the travel time by half.

The option to do this came about as a result of improved landing precision aboard the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, NASA is confident that the new target area can be reached without overshooting and dropping the rover over the mountains.

"NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 12 June, 2012, 11:20
Read the article and found it intriguing. Good luck Curiosity.
Comment icon #2 Posted by grc on 14 June, 2012, 19:17
Read the article and found it intriguing. Good luck Curiosity. Same here. I think though it's time for some humans to take a close look there. I would love to see a human exploration mission on Mars.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hazzard on 26 June, 2012, 19:05
7 minutes of terror.

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