Curiosity and The Red Planet

Mars at the boundary between dark and day with an area including Gale Crater as it catches morning light

Are we ready for a new Mars mission?

NASA's most advanced mobile robotic laboratory, which will examine one of the most intriguing areas on Mars, is in final preparations for a launch from Florida's Space Coast on Nov. 25. The Mars Science Laboratory mission will carry Curiosity, a rover with more scientific capability than any ever sent to another planet.

Scheduled to land on the Red Planet in August 2012, the one-ton rover will examine Gale Crater during a nearly two-year prime mission. Curiosity will land near the base of a layered mountain 3 miles (5 kilometers) high inside the crater. The rover will investigate whether environmental conditions ever have been favorable for development of microbial life and preserved evidence of those conditions.
This is such a exciting event for us and for seekers of SF and R for sure. The future holds many possibilities to explore Mars.

What do you think about the idea of sending manned explorers to Mars in the not to distant future? Sounds very exciting to me!



Melisse Aires said...

I like it, exciting!i Was sucked right into your world. :)

Amber Skyze said...

Okay I insist you finish this book so I can read more! :)

Kaye Manro said...

Melisse, I love that we are exploring planets. I have always had a fascination with Mars, ever since I was a child. Thanks!

Amber-- thanks! I am certainly going to try and get this finished and submitted!

Allie Ritch said...

Mars has long held a mysterious appeal in science fiction. There's definitely room for more fantastic stories in that setting, and you have a great start. As for the real-life exploration, I'm astounded that in a time of built-in obsolescence, the equipment sent to Mars has outlasted its predicted lifespan.

Kaye Manro said...

Allie-- you betcha! I love Mars. Just a typical SF girl, I guess.

It is interesting that the equipment sent to Mars has lasted. I wonder if the new rover, Curiosity will last too.

Thanks for stopping by.

A.R. Norris said...

Great excerpt! I'm okay with another Mars mission. Whatever NASA needs to do to lay the ground work is okay with me. (With all the program closures and budget cuts, I was just glad we were continuing to do SOMETHING).

And interesting Mars read is Mars Bound. The follow up, Star Bound is not so good, but the first really shows one way humans will overcome the obstacles of space travel.

Kaye Manro said...

AR - I'm with you. With all the cuts I too was wondering how far the Space program will actually go. I hope we continue. But for sure our imaginations as SF authors can takes us where ever we want to go!

Suzanne Brandyn said...

I agree very intriguing. I wrote a sci fi on Mars once. It never went anywhere except my computer. I think it's around somewhere. The planet is windy. Apparently dust storms are violent. Not a nice place to live. So they had to build a space station close by and take trips to the planet when the dust storms died down.
I love exploring planets and think we should explore every single one of them. We never know what we may find.

Kaye Manro said...

Suzanne-- sounds like an intriguing story to me. You should get it out and work on it to submit!

I do agree about exploring planets.