NASA is landing an enourmous rover on Mars Sunday night in what might be one of the coolest science missions of all time:
The 1-ton Curiosity rover, the heart of NASA’s $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission, will try to determine if Earth’s neighbor is, or ever was, capable of supporting microbial life. To help address this question, the six-wheeled robot is carrying 10 science instruments — and a wealth of high-tech camera gear.
Like its older Mars rover siblings Spirit and Opportunity, Curiosity comes equipped with cameras mounted on a head-like stalk (called the Remote Sensing Mast, or RSM), providing a point of view similar to what a person might experience. Unlike previous rovers, however, Curiosity’s imaging system — called Mastcam — has features that will offer a whole new look at Mars.
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