10 Mars Curiosity Rover Facts

10 Mars Curiosity Rover Facts

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10 Mars Curiosity Rover Facts

Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #10: Slow to Roll

The Curiosity Rover has been on Mars over 1,100 days and hasn’t traveled more than 12 miles from its landing site.

 

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Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #9: Human or Robot?

The Curiosity Rover has all the parts needed to be human; a computer for a brain, cameras for eyes, arms and wheels for collecting and mobility, batteries for fuel and even an antenna for communication.

 

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Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #8: Dropped by a Crane

While the Curiosity Rover was launched using a state-of-the-art rocket, it was lowered down to Mars’ surface using a tether attached to a parachute.

 

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Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #7: Goal Driven

During its time on Mars, the Curiosity Rover will have four main goals; study Mars’ climate, its geology, determine if life was ever present and prepare for human exploration.

 

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Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #6: Use Once and Destroy

The Atlas V-541 was a one-time use only launch vehicle. NASA deployed the Curiosity Rover on a special launch rocket knowing it wouldn’t be used again.

 

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Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #5: Loaded with Toys

The Curiosity Rover is equipped with a series of technologically advanced instruments to be used in studying Mars, including; spectrometers, imagers, radiation detectors, sensors and more!

 

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Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #4: Seven Phases of Mars

Sending a rover to Mars isn’t a simple task. There are seven phases part of the Curiosity Mission; pre-launch, launch, cruise, approach, entry/descent/landing, first drive and surface operations.

 

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Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #3: Cameras and Lasers

Curiosity is loaded with 17 cameras for taking several different types of pictures and lasers for vaporizing anything hazardous to Curiosity’s well-being, up to 23 feet.

 

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Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #2: Lonely, but not Alone

Even though Curiosity is running a solo mission, there are others with it. Both, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers are on Mars, while Spirit no longer operates, it’s with us in spirit.

 

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Mars Curiosity Rover Fact #1: J.P.L.

The Curiosity Rover’s wheels have special imprints to leave behind the letters “JPL”, assisting the Curiosity team back on Earth in measuring how far it has traveled.

 

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  1. Starstuff

    In Fact #1, you forgot to mention that the “JPL” imprint is in fact in Morse code!

    Keep looking up! And Happy Pi Day, by the way.

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