We’ve covered some eye-catching celebrity stories today, like the one about Amanda Bynes’ newest hit-and-run, or the one regarding Miley’s fresh haircut. But, while these do make for fun water cooler talk, one story is much, much bigger than anything happening on planet Earth. Literally.
As one Lovelyish commenter pointed out, “I was kinda hoping Lovelyish would do a post on the MSL…After all, that takes ‘more than just a pretty face’…” And he’s right! So what is this mysterious “MSL?” Why, the Mars space landing, of course! Click here to find out all about this amazing venture into the unknown.
NASA spent $2.5 billion dollars to send the car-sized space rover “Curiosity” to Mars. It’s expected to hang out on the red planet for about two years, during which time it will gather information to help scientists determine whether or not Mars can support life.
Curiosity landed at 1:32 AM today, much to the relief of the NASA team; after all, almost 70% of prior Mars missions have failed. And its arrival was quite a feat: the rover had to land on the planet at about 13,200 mph, and faced temperatures of up to 3,800 degrees. I guess it’s time for me to stop complaining about the Texas heat now.
To learn more (and to see an illustrated video of Curiosity’s journey), check out this astounding video about the “seven minutes of terror” that occurred before the successful landing:
Congratulations to the women and men over at NASA! I (embarrassingly) can’t even calculate a tip without using my phone, so I am truly awed and impressed with the work they’ve done here. I look forward to seeing future developments from this mission, and from the amazing team that made it possible! [via USA Today, Space.com]
What do you think of this mission? What do you hope (or expect) them to discover?