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Countdown to Mars: Thoughts from a NASA Curiosity engineer

Countdown to Mars: Thoughts from a NASA Curiosity engineer

This weekend we will see Curiosity attempt a dramatic Mars landing inside of Gale Crater. Its mission will be to study the Martian rocks to determine how they were formed and try to answer whether conditions on Mars once could have supported life in its most simple form – tiny, microbial cells. The rover’s intended destination after landing is a series of layered rock outcrops on the slopes of Mount Sharp. These layers were spied from orbit only a few years ago and appear to provide a geological record of Mars spanning hundreds of millions of years that Curiosity can spend months touring and reading back to us on Earth. With Curiosity’s hypersonic entry guidance, this is the first Mars rover that could safely land inside Gale and reach these layers.

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SlashGear 101: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Landing Start to Finish

SlashGear 101: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Landing Start to Finish

In order for you to be prepared for the NASA Curiosity rover mission to Mars that's going to touch down - if all goes according to plan - on August 5th, we've put this simple guide together for you! What you'll find here is a step-by-step showing of how the landing will occur as well as a round-up of some interesting promotions and videos NASA has worked up to make sure the whole world knows about the landing. The NASA Curiosity rover Mars landing livestream video will be popping up tomorrow in the evening - get knowledgeable right now!

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All systems go for Curiosity rover landing Monday morning

All systems go for Curiosity rover landing Monday morning

NASA is set to land its largest, and arguably most important Rover on the surface of Mars early Monday morning. We talked a lot about the Curiosity rover over the last few months as the car-sized scientific exploration device hurtles towards the surface of the red planet. The landing of Curiosity is a huge deal for NASA and stress levels for all involved in the project have to be high.

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As Curiosity rover touchdown nears, US says it won’t go to Mars alone

As Curiosity rover touchdown nears, US says it won’t go to Mars alone

We're just days away from the Curiosity rover's touchdown on the surface of Mars, and with the historic event quickly approaching, NASA has started thinking about the future. Specifically, NASA chief Charles Bolden is thinking of manned missions to the red planet, which are planned to occur sometime in the 2030s. The US has been talking about manned missions to Mars for quite some time now, but when the moment finally arrives, Bolden says that the US won't be going it alone.

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Mars Curiosity Rover reaches for youth audience with Hot Wheels

Mars Curiosity Rover reaches for youth audience with Hot Wheels

It's time to get cute with science as NASA is working with Mattel toys to create none other than the Mars Curiosity Rover for their newest Hot Wheels lineup. This little beast of a vehicle is a 1:64 scale replica of the actual NASA Mars Curiosity Rover that'll be touching down this Saturday Night on the red planet. This machine will be a mix of plastic and hardcore metal and will be landing approximately one month after the real deal makes its mark in just a few days.

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NASA faces new Curiosity obstacles as Mars landing approaches

NASA faces new Curiosity obstacles as Mars landing approaches

In just a couple short weeks, NASA's new Curiosity rover is set to land on Mars. If Apollo 13 taught us anything, however, it's that space missions don't always go as planned. Indeed, a new glitch has shown itself as we approach that August 5 landing date, and while it doesn't threaten the mission in a major way, it's still causing a lot of headaches for NASA scientists.

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Mars Curiosity landing sequence demonstrated by NASA

Mars Curiosity landing sequence demonstrated by NASA

This week the folks at NASA have let loose a video showing the challenges they face in getting to Mars, specifically with the Mars rover Curiosity and how it will be landing on August 5th of this year. The video shows the engineers to designed not only the entry and descent of the new Curiosity mission but the landing system as well, with candid talk on how they have zero - that's zero - margin for error in this mission. 3D models and projections of the future are also included for full visualization of the situation.

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover begins its 354m mile journey

NASA Curiosity Mars rover begins its 354m mile journey

NASA's Curiosity rover has begun its journey into space, the centerpiece of the Mars Science Laboratory project. Blasting off at 10:02 am EST from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the $2.5bn rover will take nine months to travel the 354m miles between here and Mars, complete with an array of scientific instruments along with a nuclear battery to power them all.

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