NASA's latest mission to explore the surface of Mars. Roving the Red Planet since Aug. 5, 2012 (PDT) (Aug 6 UTC).
75 days till touchdown on Mars. Distance to go: ~87 million miles (141 million km). My current position:
Martian Dune Buggy: My driving double, Scarecrow, runs tests in the CA desert while media interview the team
Desert Field Trip! My @caltech project scientist is using Mojave rocks to teach journalists Mars geology:
@brian_cw1 It's gorgeous. Here's a visualization of where I am right now, courtesy @NASA_Eyes
I launch 8 days from now! Here's a #3DThursday look at Mars' Gale Crater, where I'll land, Aug 2012:
Need a lift? Here's the @ulalaunch Atlas V that will send me to Mars, visited by @NASAJuno #NASATweetup:
Today's tests of my ChemCam rock-vaporizing laser (http://bit.ly/dd67TN) required this special gear:
SAM, I am! My team recently installed Sample Analysis at Mars, my mobile geology lab. Here's a pic:
I'm 3.5 ft. taller this week! Now I have a neck & head (aka mast). Eyes are turned away in this pic.
Another size comparison of Sojourner, Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Oppy) and @MarsScienceLab
The rover family portrait gives a sense of scale. Sojourner (1997) is smallest; Curiosity (2011) towers over.
I'm looking roverish now! Check out the new wheels.
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