Follow the Mars Rover Curiosity via Your Mobile Device
Mars Science Laboratory is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. On August 5th and 6th, the mission will set down a large, mobile laboratory – using a new form of precision landing technology (see video below) that will make many of Mars' most desired exploration areas obtainable.
During the 23 months after landing, Curiosity will analyze dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover. It is looking for any environments where life might have existed and the capacity of those environments to preserve evidence of past life.
Don’t miss a moment with NASA's Spacecraft 3D free app. This app allows you to learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft – including Curiosity, that are used to explore, observe and study our universe. The app works by pointing your device’s camera at a printed AR (augmented reality) target to get various robotic explorers to pop up. How cool is that?
Check out this video that further explains the intensity of this risky landing: