by Cat Ellen, contributing writer
Two Years and Going Strong
Two years ago this week, on Aug. 5, 2012, thousands of scientists, enthusiasts, and fans celebrated the successful landing of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. Looking back over the accomplishments of the Curiosity rover gives cause for further celebration. Exploration yielded evidence of an ancient lakebed and all the elements considered supporting the possibility of microbial life in that environment, billions of years ago. “Before landing, we expected that we would need to drive much farther before answering that habitability question,” said Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. “We were able to take advantage of landing very close to an ancient streambed and lake. Now we want to learn more about how environmental conditions on Mars evolved, and we know where to go to do that.”
Where Were You When Curiosity Landed on Mars?
Whether you took part in any of the live viewing parties or found yourself glued to your computer two years ago, or you missed the live events as they unfolded, you can still re-live this historic success with this compiled video from JPL. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zervvVw2dnU&w=560&h=315]
“‘Dare Mighty Things’ is actually a motto for the [JPL] laboratory. We want to be known for doing the things that nobody else can, pushing the edge,” Project Manager Jim Erickson said.
- Mars Exploration Program
- Twitter: @MarsRovers, Spirit and Oppy
- Twitter: @MarsCuriosity
- Facebook: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover
- Twitter: @NASAJPL
Cat Ellen is a technical writer by trade, an occasional copy editor
and beta reader, and has a passion for teaching ATS bellydance and
numerous textile arts, notably drop spindle and card weaving.