You are ‘dead’ inside, if you don’t like space exploration.

Even if you are hard-core terrestrial-ist or is so pragmatic that you are just solid oak, when one sees visuals of and about space, can’t help but melt with awe and hearty gratitude for human curiosities.

Anyway, what are the mission’s goals?

  1. Determine whether Mars could ever have supported life
  2. Study the climate of Mars
  3. Study the geology of Mars
  4. Plan for a human mission to Mars

And what are its scientific objectives?

  1. Determine the mineralogical composition of the Martian surface and near-surface geological materials.
  2. Attempt to detect chemical building blocks of life (biosignatures).
  3. Interpret the processes that have formed and modified rocks and soils.
  4. Assess long-timescale (i.e., 4-billion-year) Martian atmospheric evolution processes.
  5. Determine present state, distribution, and cycling of water and carbon dioxide.
  6. Characterize the broad spectrum of surface radiation, including galactic radiationcosmic radiationsolar proton events andsecondary neutrons.

Well, just to remind you all, Curiosity, the latest of NASA’s rovers, is on the long road to Mars right now. And if you missed the launch, it was cool and here it is below for your view again.

And if you don’t know “how the rover will be roving around on the surface of Mars”, then take an artist realistic rendering of the Mini Cooper sized, high powered rover.

 

197 days to go. That’s around, four and half months to go (mid-June 2012).

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