Curiosity Lands On Mars
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Of course the biggest robot news today is that Curiosity has landed on the red planet. It took eight months and 350 million miles to make the trip, but it has arrived. The rover survived the “seven minutes of terror” just fine and sent a signal via NASA’s Odyssey orbiter to Earth as if to say, I’m okay. I arrived home safely. I’m off to explore now. K bye.
For the next two years (at least) the rover will earn it’s high price tag and climb up Mount Sharp to study clay and sulfate. It will also check to make sure that conditions are just right for supporting microbial life. I think that like certain other rovers, it will get a whole lot more accomplished before it quits.