Rover ‘Curiosity’ To Learn of Mars’ Past

Science buzz over the weekend was intense as NASA’s latest rover sent to Mars successfully landed on our neighbour planet. As we blogged about in the past Curiosity is carrying a Canadian made “geology instrument that will enable the rover to determine the chemical composition of the rocks and soil”, a very important element to the mission. A main goal of this robotic excursion is to discover what Mars was like in the past, whether water was present and subsequently if living organisms existed, an impossibility without the previously mentioned geology instrument. CBS news reports: “In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the Red Planet’s past. Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory late Sunday after the most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere. ‘Touchdown confirmed,’ said engineer Allen Chen. ‘We’re safe on Mars.'” Exciting stuff! | Raymond Matt, CFP, CLU, TEP, CHS

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