As NASA’s new rover Curiosity (aka 2011-070A) enters approach phase, the excitement continues to build up. I recently found a website that aims to expose the public to the exciting aspects of this mission. The site’s called Get curious and is sponsored by ‘explore Mars’ a non-profit organisation whose goal is to advocate sending humans to Mars in the next 2 decades. The site is also sponsored by United Launch Alliance, National Geographic, Aerojet and Phillips and Company.
The site is awesome with a nice little flash sky crane and descent stage which you can toggle with your mouse to land the rover dangling underneath. The site has excellent media resources on the mission and aims to bring updates and news on the rover during landing and afterwards. T he site also has a page with a list of ‘landing parties’ where you can partake in frivolities of the geeky kind while watching the landing live. If you have a party in the works you can add it to the list. If there’s one in the neighbourhood go check it out! It’s going to be a blast I’m sure.
Sadly Africa seems to have no party in the works which is really sad. But I suppose it’s all about timing; while it will be night time in the US on landing day many of us here will be off to work in the morning but you can bet I’ll be following the updates as they come on the blog and on twitter. I hope you’ll join us dear readers in celebrating the most awesome mission ever sent to the surface of Mars yet!
Go Curiosity! 6 days left! Here is her latest position