Curiosity landing on the Red Planet
The Mars Science Laboratory – The NASA rover Curiosity will land down on Mars on Monday, August 6, 2012, as estimated today at 3:31am AEST. This mission, lasting one Martian-year (98 Earth weeks), is of both scientific and human significance. Curiosity will be fulfilling the prospecting stage of a step-by-step program of exploration, reconnaissance, prospecting and mining evidence for a definitive answer to the question “Has life existed on Mars?”
If you’re curious and can’t wait the touch down event – watch a real-time visualization of its journey through space and get up-to-date data sets using NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System 3-D interactive.
While we’re all waiting for Curiosity to make its debut on Mars, I would like to remind ourselves of Ray Bradbury, an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer, who discusses Mars and the future of space exploration in a rare interview available online.
Bradbury attended several major space mission events at JPL/Caltech. On Nov. 12, 1971, on the eve of Mariner 9 going into orbit at Mars, Bradbury took part in a symposium at Caltech with Arthur C. Clarke, journalist Walter Sullivan, and scientists Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray. In this excerpt, Bradbury reads his poem, “If Only We Had Taller Been.” Enjoy this fantastically beautiful video, and watch NASA TV for landing day coverage.