Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity

Dr. John Grant

Artist concept of rover Curiosity on Mars.

     

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity was launched to Mars in late 2011 and landed in the Red Planet in early August of 2012. The main objective of the MSL mission is to "assess habitability" of both Mars' past and present environments. The rover landed in Gale crater in order to study the potential habitability of the ancient environments recorded there by local rock outcroppings.

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