Last Wednesday marks the five-year anniversary of NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover’s launch to the red planet. The interesting thing is the Mars Curiosity rover was ment to last at least about two years and it is still going. The Mars Curiosity rover is the most advance rover to be on the planet’s surface. As stated by NASA the Mars Curiosity rover has three cameras, four spectrometers, two radiation detectors, one environmental sensor, one atmospheric sensor. It also prepared with six wheels, a rocker-boogie suspension system, and last certainly not least a laser in order to gather samples. How NASA controlles and stays in contact with the Mars Curiosity rover is by a system of deep space anttenas strategically possitioned all around the world in order for NASA to stay in contact at all times.
According to NASA, “Liftoff was on time at 10:02 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida”. NASA’s Sara Loff states that the Mars Curiosity rover, “landed on the Red Planet on the evening of Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT), near the foot of a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter inside Gale Crater”. NASA says that the reason for the launch of the Mars Curiosity rover was, it was launched for the sole purpose to find out if at one point in time bacteria could survive on Mars. Not only did the Mars Curiosity rover find evidence of the possibility of once at one point a long time ago Mars may have been able to sustain life, but it also found hundreds of samples, and has taken thousands of picture that scientists can study for years to come and find more about our neighboring planet.
The Mars Curiosity rove has been such a help to learning more about Mars and its history and will continue to do so until it becomes unusable which at that point they would just leave where it was last able to move. NASA has plans to send out another rover in 2020, sadly the rover doesn’t have name but it will be sporting some tech from other countries, so it looks to be somewhat of a collaboration between the countries of the world. Who knows maybe the pathway paved by NASA’s Mars rovers might just lead us to colonising Mars itself, can you just imagine seeing the sunrise and sunset for yourself on a different planet.