Getting to know NASA's Curiosity Rover

4:26 PM, Aug 8, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - NASA's Curiosity Rover safely completed it's Martian landing at 12:34 a.m. Central Time Monday morning. Now, images from Curiosity are flooding back to Earth and fascinating scientists, space geeks and plenty others who aren't normal space viewers.

NASA's webpage dedicated to Curiosity is full of information for Martian-lovers of all ages.

My personal favorite video is an interactive explanation of how Curiosity shed it's hardware during the landing process. The animation includes altitudes, timelines and fun facts about the landing process.

The image section is also amazing. It's updated with low and high resolution images so we can see what curiosity is seeing! Mars' surface is made up of a tan gravelly dust. The rover has pictures of this as well as Mount Sharp. It's to this mountain that the rover will travel to discover if the planet was once able to sustain life in the form of micro-organisms.

You can watch live streaming events on the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab's Ustream Channel.

The possibilities are endless and it is easy to spend a lot of time at Curiosity's webpage! There's also a mobile app to download from the site for those of you on the go.

For Tweeters and Facebookers, follow Curiosity on Twitter at @MarsCuriosity or on Facebook.

We have a little under two years before Curiosity runs out of its plutonium-generated power. Enjoy!

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