We just parked a nuclear powered car on Mars.
And before you even go there, every dollar spent on the American space program has generated 23 dollars worth of wealth and products. That’s what is called investing in our future, with a payoff. Not nonsense like wind turbines. Our technical world as we know it today would not exist without the space program.
The $2.5 billion Curiosity project, formally called the Mars Science Laboratory, is NASA’s first astrobiology mission since the 1970s-era Viking probes. Now that being said.
Curiosity landed last night at 1:32 a.m. EDT/0532 GMT. It entered the Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph descending into the atmosphere firing retro rockets slowing it’s decent till the craft actually hovered over the Martian surface. It then lowered the 1 ton Robot/Car via cable placing it softly inside the Gale Crater.
Curiosity has 17 cameras, 10 science labs, a robotic arm, drill, and laser. It will over the next year explore the giant crater that it has been estimated was caused by a 10 mile wide meteor climbing the 3 mile high Mount Sharp that curiously sits in the middle of the impact zone.
After its first year Curiosity will begin to rove, it’s snap nuclear power system is an upgraded version of the power sources used in the Voyager probes that 30 years later are still alive sending us data as they hurtle out of our Solar System.
Boldly go gentleman boldly go