Mars rover scheduled to land, on autopilot

| No Comments

The Curiosity, the most high-tech rover from NASA, will be attempting a landing on the surface of Mars, the Star Tribune reported.

The rover, which weighs almost a ton, needed a different way to land from previous Mars rovers, according to the Star Tribune. Instead of airbags surrounding the rover, the Curiosity will land via braking similar to a space shuttle, a parachute to slow it down, and lowering the rover from cables into a crater.

The rover is set to land in a crater with a 3-mile-high mountain in the middle, the Pioneer Press reported. Images of the mountain, called Mount Sharp, suggest the lower layers of the mountain have signs of water in them.

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by eidex092 published on August 5, 2012 11:32 PM.

4-year-old boy falls from a third-story apartment building window was the previous entry in this blog.

52-year-old man killed in an accident at the Mall of America is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.