Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Space Travel News .




MARSDAILY
100 Days and Counting to NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Landing
by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 30, 2012


The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, launched Nov. 26, 2011, will deliver Curiosity to the surface of Mars on the evening of Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (early on Aug. 6, Universal Time and EDT) to begin a two-year prime mission.

At 10:31 p.m. PDT April 27, (1:31 p.m. EDT), NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, carrying the one-ton Curiosity rover, will be within 100 days from its appointment with the Martian surface.

At that moment, the mission has about 119 million miles (191 million kilometers) to go and is closing at a speed of 13,000 mph (21,000 kilometers per hour).

"Every day is one day closer to the most challenging part of this mission," said Pete Theisinger, Mars Science Laboratory project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

"Landing an SUV-sized vehicle next to the side of a mountain 85 million miles from home is always stimulating. Our engineering and science teams continue their preparations for that big day and the surface operations to follow."

On Sunday, April 22, a week-long operational readiness test concluded at JPL. The test simulated aspects of the mission's early surface operations.

Mission planners and engineers sent some of the same commands they will send to the real Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars to a test rover used at JPL.

"Our test rover has a central

computer identical to Curiosity's currently on its way to Mars," said Eric Aguilar, the mission's engineering test lead at JPL.

"We ran all our commands through it and watched to make sure it drove, took pictures and collected samples as expected by the mission planners. It was a great test and gave us a lot of confidence moving forward."

The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, launched Nov. 26, 2011, will deliver Curiosity to the surface of Mars on the evening of Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (early on Aug. 6, Universal Time and EDT) to begin a two-year prime mission.

Curiosity's landing site is near the base of a mountain inside Gale Crater, near the Martian equator.

Researchers plan to use Curiosity to study layers in the mountain that hold evidence about wet environments of early Mars.

.


Related Links
Mars Lab at NASA
Mars Lab at JPL
Mars News and Information at MarsDaily.com
Lunar Dreams and more






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





MARSDAILY
Mars Science Laboratory Adjusts Orbital Path And Tests Instruments
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 27, 2012
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, halfway to Mars, has adjusted its flight path for delivery of the one-ton rover Curiosity to the surface of Mars in August. Tests completed aboard Curiosity last week confirmed the health of science instruments the mission will use to learn whether an area holding an extensive record of Martian environmental history has ever offered conditions favorable ... read more


MARSDAILY
Indian rocket being fuelled for Risat-1 launch

Assembly begins for the third Ariane 5 to be launched in 2012

ILS Proton Successfully Launches Y1B Satellite For Yahsat

SpaceX aims for May 7 launch to ISS

MARSDAILY
New form of Mars lava flow dicovered

100 Days and Counting to NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Landing

Durable NASA Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work

Surviving the conditions on Mars

MARSDAILY
India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 to wait

European Google Lunar X Prize Teams Call For Science Payloads

Russia to Send Manned Mission to Moon by 2030

NASA Contract to Astrobotic Technology Investigates Prospecting for Lunar Resources

MARSDAILY
Uranus auroras glimpsed from Earth

Herschel images extrasolar analogue of the Kuiper Belt

New Horizons on Approach: 22 AU Down, Just 10 to Go

New Horizons Aims to Put Its Stamp on History

MARSDAILY
Three Earthlike planets identified by Cornell astronomers

Some Stars Capture Rogue Planets

ALMA Reveals Workings of Nearby Planetary System

UF-led team uses new observatory to characterize low-mass planets orbiting nearby star

MARSDAILY
ORBITEC and Sierra Nevada Space Systems Begin Testing Dream Chaser Life Support and Thermal Systems

J-2X Engine Ready For Second Test Series

Crash of hypersonic test craft analyzed

The 'Missile Woman' behind Indian test launch

MARSDAILY
China's Lunar Docking

Shenzhou-9 may take female astronaut to space

China to launch 100 satellites during 2011-15

Three for Tiangong

MARSDAILY
Dawn Reveals Secrets of Giant Asteroid Vesta

US firm plans to mine asteroids

Dawn Gets Extra Time to Explore Vesta

NASA Mission Wants Amateur Astronomers to Target Asteroids




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement