NASA’s new Mars rover, Curiosity, has finally landed on the red planet, after over 14 years of planning. The project, which cost 2.5 billion dollars, had seen years of launch delays and problems with funding. But landing on Mars is no easy task. Many previous missions have failed and the United States is the only country to successfully land on Mars, save for one Russian rover that suffered a communication failure shortly after landing. Take that NASA critics! Curiosity is equipped with the most complex laboratory that’s ever been sent to another planet. Its first task is to raise its instruments, including an antenna, cameras, a rock vaporizing laser. Once the cameras are raised, it will begin taking panoramic shots of its surroundings. Soon after, it will take its first drive and in September, it will begin collecting soil and drilling into rock in hopes of finding the answer to the question on everyone’s mind: has there ever been life on Mars?
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 7, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).