Mars Curiosity rover scheduled for a ...

Mars Curiosity rover scheduled for a stopover

Since: Oct 12

London, UK

#1 Oct 18, 2012
Crown Capital Management Jakarta Indonesia – Mars Curiosity rover is scheduled for a stopover to scrutinize the pyramid-shaped rock on the planet’s surface.The rock, measuring around 16 inches at the base and 10 inches high is chosen for analysis due to its unusual shape, was named “Jake” in memory of Jet Propulsion Lab engineer-mathematician Jacob Matijevic who died several days after the spacecraft’s landing on Mars.

The science team from JPL will have Curiosity stop for a couple of days for its first “contact science” by analysing and photographing the rock using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and Alpha Particle Xray Spectrometer (APXS).

Curiosity is on a 2-year mission to probe living conditions in Mars and gain insights into its geologic history. Its goal is to reach the base of Mount Sharp in the midst of Gale Crater, around 7 miles away from its current position, by early 2013.

Big Stone Gap, VA

#2 Nov 19, 2012
I am a big supporter of space exploration but enough with the Mars probes! This one has confirmed the existence of water in he past on Mars...the one before that confirmed the existence of water on Mars in past...the one before that, the same thing...the one before, the same, etc. We need to move on! What next...launch 20 more probes to Mars to just reconfirm the existence of water on Mars in past??? We seem to have already reached the limits of Mars exploration by probes and do not seem to be able to learn anything new! Face it...Mars not that interesting, with no new prospects of learning anything new, so instead let's send more probes to Venus, Mercury, asteroid belt, etc.

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