SoT Special – Curiosity Landing

Download now!The Mars Science Laboratory, called “Curiosity”, is the largest spacecraft we’ve sent to another planet. Weighing 900kg, packed with ten scientific instruments, 17 cameras and a nuclear power source the rover is looking for signs that Mars could have supported life at some point.

I caught up with Lucas Randal, Sumen Rai and Alan Kerlin to talk about the complicated Entry, Descent and Landing procedure and the rover’s two-year mission.

This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
This artist’s concept features NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars’ past or present ability to sustain microbial life.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Related links and stories we talked about in this show:

Recommended Curiosity team Twitter profiles:
This episode uses clips from various NASA productions believed to be in the public domain, and an excerpt from This Week in Tech’s special Curiosity episode, used under the Creative Commons license.
Sumen Rai is an industry analyst for the defence and aerospace industry, a former teacher, and a science communicator.
Alan Kerlin is an amateur astronomer and blogger. His blog is calledThe Beach House – a tribute to Douglas Adams – and features lots of science-related news, interviews and writings. Find him on Google+,Twitter and Facebook.

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