Tomorrow NASA will launch a new Rover to Mars, at 7 a.m. Eastern time. This one is named Perseverance, and it’s much like Curiosity, although it does have its own drone to fly around. The launch will stream live, if you’re up that early. I’m gonna try to be. I love the Rovers. I actually joined Twitter so that I could follow Spirit and Opportunity back in the day. And to remind you of the wonders of Mars, here’s a high-def video of all the things we’ve seen through the Rovers on our neighboring planet.
Sometime later today NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will attempt to land the newest Mars Rover, Curiosity. After 253 days and 352 million miles in space, Curiosity will go through an impressive but terrifying landing procedure, and if all goes well will begin its task of spending one Martian year (687 earth days) performing various scientific investigations. At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, I saw a recreation of one of the earlier Rovers and I was surprised at how large they are. Even the earlier ones were as tall as I am. Curiosity is larger still, over 7 feet …Continue reading →