Right in the middle of an exciting summer Olympics, NASA’s newest Mars rover, Curiosity, landed on Mars. It was so exciting to follow the mission in real-time over NASA TV: all of the final checks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab’s mission control, to an incredibly complex communication transition, and the the “7-minutes of terror” when there was no communication because of the unbelievable landing feat of this incredibly sophisticated science lab. After a few minutes of jubilant celebration, the first pictures started arriving. It was an awe-inspiring-gold-medal moment for NASA and the United States.
Since pictures are worth a thousand words, I’m going to give you a list of resources so you can see for yourself. I encourage you to check out everything!
NASA Video 7 Minutes of Terror Team members share the challenges of the final minutes of landing Curiosity on Mars.
Eyes on the Solar System is a 3-D environment of real-time NASA mission data. You can follow Curiosity’s travel or explore the soloar system on your own.
Follow Curiosity now that she’s on Mars. Total interactive fun!
NASA’s Mars Science Lab site. A great, one-stop place.
JPL’s Mars Science Lab site. Outstanding.
There are also free apps for iOS and Android devices. I don’t know anything about Android devices, but I HIGHLY recommend:
NASA Science Mission Highlights in the iTunes Store
Spacecraft 3-D for iPhone or iPad in the iTunes Store
Mars Globe for iPhone or iPad in the iTunes Store
NASA App for iPhone or iPad in the iTunes Store
Now, go forth and geek out!
Image credit: NASA/JPL-CalTech