Larry's Look | Curiosity Rover on Mars

Larry's Look | Curiosity Rover on Mars

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 12:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Today on Larry’s Look the Planetary Science Director of NASA was our special guest.  Dr. Jim Green talked about the one year anniversary of the historic landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars. 

It landed on August 5 last year and is seeking environments on Mars that could support life—or could have in the past. Earlier Mars missions found signs of water, but not organic carbon.

The one-ton robot has achieved a great deal in its 12 months on Mars, discovering an ancient streambed and gathering enough evidence for mission scientists to declare that the planet could have supported microbial life billions of years ago.Curiosity survived its harrowing and unprecedented landing, setting off a series of celebrations around the world.

Dr. Green explained how significant this mission has been and how important it is to learning about the Solar System and the relationship between the planets.  Besides the possibility of life on the Red planet, he also spoke about the possible mission to Mars, with the next 25 to 30 years.

For more details, go to: www.nasa.gov.
 

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