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Curiosity on Mars
On August 5th, 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rover dropped out of the sky and onto the dusty red floor of Gale Crater. Over the last two years, Curiosity - under the direction of an international team of scientists and engineers - has studied its surroundings with the most advanced payload ever taken to another planet. By sniffing, scooping, drilling, and zapping, the rover has exposed Gale Crater's remarkable past, complete with fresh water that would have been chemically suitable for life.
The best part? The past two years are just the beginning. Gale Crater was selected as Curiosity's landing site because of the enormous layered mound at its center. The team will study these layers like chapters in a book as the rover ascends, carrying our exploratory aspirations ever upward.
Mars may be a world away, but you can follow along with every step of the mission. Follow your curiosity...and the links below:
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution located in Pasadena, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future. Click here to learn about the latest discoveries from Caltech researchers.
Caltech's Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences (GPS) was founded in 1926, and its researchers and faculty have worked at the forefront of their fields ever since, shaping how we view and interact with our world as well as with other worlds. Several members of the GPS division are participating in the Mars Science Laboratory Mission."