“ I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!! #MSL
— CURIOSITY ROVER’s first Tweet after the Mars Landing on August 6, 2012, 05:14:39 UTC SCET MSD 49269 15:00:01 LMST (Mars time). The $2.5 billion Mini Cooper size vehicle (3m in length weighs 900 kg (2,000 lb), including 80 kg (180 lb) of scientific gear) was launched on November 26, 2011 in Cape Canaveral.
LIFE ON MARS? — The MSL mission has four scientific goals:
- Determine whether Mars could ever have supported life.
- Study the climate of Mars.
- Study the geology of Mars.
- Plan for a human mission to Mars.
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