Santa Monica News
Rover Sent To Mars Brings Updates
By Carmen Herrera
Apr 18, 2013 - 2:41:44 PM

SANTA MONICAThough the mission may be in another planet far off, local residents are invited to attend a lecture and panel to learn more about the special mission taken to discover Mars.


The lecture will provide information about the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, that was launched on November 2011 to Mars, over 350,000,000 miles. Since its arrival on Mars, the rover has captured images of the planet and covered over 700 meters in distance. The rover has drilled into rocks, analyzed soil and gas samples on the surface. The lecture, taking place later this month, will update attendees on the purpose and progress of this rover as well as show the images that have been captured on Mars so far.


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The rover on Mars, Curiosity.


“With its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's ”╦ťhabitability.’"


The lecture is open to all age groups to the public and will take place on April 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The location of the lecture will take place at the Santa Monica Library in the Martin Luther King, Jr. auditorium.


The event is free and for more information visit www.smgov.net. For more information on the Mars Science Laboratory visit the homepage http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/.


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