1. There were several space related events this year. NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on mars, and successfully began collecting data. As this graphic by billowyclouds shows, the scariest part was a terrifying 7 minute landing.
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity Mars rover, is a huge six-wheeled robot the size of a small car. The nuclear-powered rover won't land using rockets or airbags like past Mars missions. Instead, NASA has built a rocket-propelled sky crane that will hover over the Martian surface and lower the rover to the Red Planet's surface.
NASA's MSL Curiosity missionSource Images: NASA/JPL-CaltechWith its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's "habitability."
Curiosity’s Mars Landing. After travelling in space for more than eight months since its launch in November 2011, the Mars Science Laboratory will finally land its rover on the red planet in Aug, to begin two years of unprecedented scientific work and search for any evidence of life. Graphic is a diagram of Rover Curiosity and some of its fascinating technology. #Scientific #Space #Exploration