February 10th, 2016
Waxing Crescent Moon
Seth Jarvis

Getting to Mars is HARD

This coming Sunday, August 5th, at 11:31 PM (MDT), after an eight and one-half month flight through interplanetary space, a nuclear powered six wheel drive robotic rover called “Curiosity” is scheduled to touch-down on the planet Mars.


Did you know that Curiosity had to be launched within a defined 3-week period or scientists would have had to wait another 2 years to launch? 

Send Curiosity over!

Mars Rover, Mars Rover, please send Curiosity over!

How to ship a rover…?

How would you ship a billion dollars worth of hardware? 

Where to land Curiosity?

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory made a sequence of videos demonstrating the difficulty of getting to Mars. We wanted to share them with you in anticipation of the Mars Science Laboratory’s “Curiosity” rover landing that is scheduled to happen late in the…