Curiosity arrives at Gale Crater on August 5, 2012 after 10pm Pacific time
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Mars landing: Nervous, excited NASA prepares for text from space :: 08.04.12 :: On the eve of the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, scientists have laid out some of the crunch time's key moments. According to Los Angeles Times reporters at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada-Flintridge, the best-case scenario would have scientists high-fiving at 10:31 or 10:32 p.m. Pacific time Sunday. That’s when scientists should receive what amounts to a text message from space. Scientists are counting on the Odyssey orbiter -- which threw scientists for a bit of a loop several weeks ago when it experienced a glitch -- to relay data back to Earth telling them where Curiosity is, within a kilometer or two, and how hard it landed. But even before that, there could be clues of good progress. At about 10:14 p.m., Mission Control should receive confirmation that the cruise stage of the spacecraft carrying the rover has separated. A message could arrive at 10:24 p.m. that Curiosity has entered the Martian atmosphere – when the clock on the “seven minutes of terror” begins ticking.
NASA Hosts First Multi-Center Social Media Event for Mars Landing :: 06.25.12 :: WASHINGTON -- NASA is inviting its social media followers to the first-ever multi-center NASA Social on Aug. 3 to preview the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover on Aug. 6 EDT (Aug. 5 PDT). NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks.
NASA Mars Rover Team Aims for Landing Closer to Prime Science Site :: 06.11.12 :: WASHINGTON -- NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard. "We're trimming the distance we'll have to drive after landing by almost half," said Pete Theisinger, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. "That could get us to the mountain months earlier." It was possible to adjust landing plans because of increased confidence in precision landing technology aboard the MSL spacecraft, which is carrying the rover. That spacecraft can aim closer without hitting Mount Sharp at the center of Gale crater. Rock layers located in the mountain are the prime location for research with the rover. Curiosity is scheduled to land at approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT, Aug. 6). Following checkout operations, Curiosity will begin a 2-year study of whether the landing vicinity ever offered an environment favorable for microbial life. Theisinger and other mission leaders described the target adjustment during a June 11 update to reporters Monday about preparations for landing and for operating Curiosity on Mars.
NASA Announces Media Accreditation For August Mars Rover Landing :: 06.05.12 :: PASADENA, Calif. -- Media representatives planning to cover the Aug. 5, 2012, landing of the most advanced rover ever sent to Mars can apply online for access to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). NASA's Curiosity rover, carried by the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, will land near the Martian equator about 10:31 p.m. PDT Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. Aug. 6 EDT). The landing and news conferences will be carried live on NASA TV and the agency's website. Further details and updates will be announced as they become available. • Mars in a Minute: How Hard Is It to Land Curiosity on Mars?
NASA Invites Social Media Fans to Mars Landing Event :: 06.05.12 :: WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a 3-day NASA Social for 25 of its social media followers Aug. 3-5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. The NASA Social is scheduled to culminate in the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover at Mars' Gale crater. The landing is anticipated at approximately 1:31 a.m. EDT Aug. 6. The event will offer people who engage with NASA through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks the opportunity to tour JPL, speak with scientists and engineers, participate in news conferences and, if all goes as planned, be at the media site when the first signal of the rover's landing is detected by JPL mission control. The event also will provide participants the opportunity to interact with fellow tweeps, space enthusiasts and members of NASA's social media team.
NASA Launches Most Capable and Robust Rover to Mars :: 11.26.11 :: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA began a historic voyage to Mars with the Nov. 26 launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, which carries a car-sized rover named Curiosity. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard an Atlas V rocket occurred at 10:02 a.m. EST (7:02 a.m. PST). "We are very excited about sending the world's most advanced scientific laboratory to Mars," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "MSL will tell us critical things we need to know about Mars, and while it advances science, we'll be working on the capabilities for a human mission to the Red Planet and to other destinations where we've never been." The mission will pioneer precision landing technology and a sky-crane touchdown to place Curiosity near the foot of a mountain inside Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012. During a nearly two-year prime mission after landing, the rover will investigate whether the region has ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life, including the chemical ingredients for life.
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The mission is managed by JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The rover was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. NASA's Launch Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida managed the launch. NASA's Space Network provided space communication services for the launch vehicle. NASA's Deep Space Network will provide spacecraft acquisition and mission communication.
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Will.i.am Narrates New NASA Spinoff Technology Public Service Announcement :: 03.28.12 :: WASHINGTON -- Much of the technology we rely on daily was developed by NASA for space exploration and adapted or enhanced for use here on Earth. This includes many technologies used in schools, homes, cars, computers and industry. Musician Will.i.am talks about how some of the agency's outstanding accomplishments in space are used to improve our life on Earth in a new public service announcement made available Wednesday on NASA Television and the agency's website. The artist concentrates on NASA technologies that help increase production of clean water, provide remote medical care and solar electricity for refrigeration, and space technology that keeps food fresh during its trip from field to market. In addition to Will.i.am, singer Norah Jones and Astronaut Piers Sellers, along with characters from the holiday movie "Arthur Christmas," have appeared in recent videos telling audiences how NASA Spinoffs benefit life here on Earth today. "NASA's technologies don't just go into space," said Daniel Lockney, program executive for technology transfer at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "They work for us here on Earth, solving everyday problems -- saving lives, creating jobs and making our lives better. To view the Will.i.am and other public service announcements, visit: NASA Public Service Announcement Videos