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Mars Curiosity Rover Report #15

This graphic shows the pattern of winds predicted to be swirling around and inside Gale Crater, which is where NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS

A NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover team member gives an update on developments and status of the planetary exploration mission. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft delivered Curiosity to its target area on Mars at1:31:45 a.m. EDT on Aug. 6, which includes the 13.8 minutes needed for confirmation of the touchdown to be radioed to Earth at the speed of light. The rover will conduct a nearly two-year prime mission to investigate whether the Gale Crater region of Mars ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life.

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