NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory also known as “Curiosity”—a mobile robot for investigating Mars’ past or present ability to sustain microbial life—is scheduled to launch on Nov. 25, 2011. NASA’s latest Mars rover is larger and can travel farther than NASA’s last two Mars rovers—“Spirit” and “Opportunity”—that began exploring the red planet in early 2004.
A website has been established to provide updates on all aspects of Curiosity and its mission, including details on the robotic laboratory (“the rover will carry the biggest, most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the Martian surface”); videos showing the landing system devised to deliver the rover to Mars; updates on the mission, the latest detailing where the rover is to land; and a section urging student and educator participation.
For making Mars exploration accessible, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory website is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Government Video Website of the Week: NASA’s Rover Lands on Mars
NASA invites viewers to ‘relive the nail-biting terror and joy’ of the rover’s landing