NASA’s “Curiosity Mars Rover” Will Explore Life on Red Planet!
NASA’s car size “Curiosity Mars Rover” is a one-ton weighed robot which is equipped with twice the number of scientific instruments as its predecessors, and a drill enabling it to bore into the Red Planet’s rocks. This cute robot “Mars Rover” developed specifically for NASA’s space missions is finally set to explore life on Mars after nearly a decade of planning, massive cost overruns and a two-year delay.
This car-size Curiosity Mars Rover, the focus of NASA’s $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, which is now installed to kick off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday-Nov. 26; after a one-day holdup due to a rocket battery issue. MSL has actually committed a delay of two years in launching the mission which resulted in an ultimate 56% increase in the mission’s lifetime costs.
Curiosity Mars Rover, nestled atop its Atlas 5 rocket, is now set at launching pad making MSL’s past issues a part of the history. World is focusing its eyes now only on Mars rovers future performances with its quest to know whether this Red Planet “Mars” also has (or ever had) “Living Organisms” on its surface.
Ashwin Vasavada, MSL (DPS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., told reporters on Nov. 10;
“This is a Mars scientist’s dream machine. This rover is not only the most technically capable rover ever sent to another planet, but it’s actually the most capable scientific explorer we’ve ever sent out.”
It should be worthy to describe that NASA actually began planning MSL’s mission for searching life on Mars in 2003. Since then, scientists and engineers developed, built and tested Curiosity Mars Rover, a robotic machine that will take planetary exploration to a new level.
With one ton weight, Curiosity Mars Rover weighs five times more than each of its immediate Mars rover predecessors, the golf-cart-size twins Spirit and Opportunity, which successfully landed on the Mars in January 2004 and rolled over its surface to search for signs of water on the Red Planet.