Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover set for high risk landing

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover set for high risk landing

Cebu : Philippines | Aug 05, 2012 at 11:40 PM PDT
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skooter reporting 08/06/12

NASA’s one-tonne Curiosity rover will attempt to land on the Red Planet to study the possibility that Mars may once have housed microbial life. This is considered to be one of the most daring space missions ever undertaken.

Curiosity is fully loaded with scientific instruments, including a laser that can strike rocks to determine their composition.

Hurtling through space, Curiosity is currently nearing to the end of a 570 million km journey from Earth. Its trajectory is near-perfect as was described by engineers and they have acted the last two chances to make course corrections. But getting this daring exploration project safely down will be an immense challenge.

The missions sent to the Red Planet in fact two-thirds have failed, a lot of them lost on entry into the thin but heartless Martian atmosphere. Still, the US space agency strongly believed that the high-risk landing strategy its engineers have worked out will release the vehicle in one piece to the surface.

Update: Nasa rover touches down on Mars


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