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Curiosity Now Pulling into Platform 1

Updated on November 27, 2011

Curiosity

Mars Science Laboratory
Mars Science Laboratory | Source

Mars Rover

Curiosity the latest Mars rover from NASA has now successfully been launched on its journey to the red planet.

The journey will take eight and a half months meaning that the rover will reach Mars in August.

The project that has already been funded for 2 years of research is costing an estimated $2.5 billion.

The rover itself weighs 900kgs and is packed with many high tech apparatus for taking and sampling soil. It is so sophisticated that it has also been called the Mars Science Laboratory [MSL].

Although the project has only been funded for an initial 2 years, the plutonium battery will last for at least a decade, enabling further research if the funding is found.

After landing, the vast array of equipment is expected to keep the scientists very busy for the period of the rover’s research.

Gale Crater

The Crater at Daybreak
The Crater at Daybreak | Source
Gale Crater and Landing Site
Gale Crater and Landing Site | Source

Life

The rover has been built and equipped with the technology required to search for signs of biological life, past or present, in the Martian soils.

The rover will land at Gale Crater, where in the middle is a mountain rising 3 miles high from the lower plain. It is suspected that the soils at the top of the mountain are among the newest on the planet, yet the soils at the bottom of the slope may be some of the oldest.

It is suspected that the view from the bottom of this giant crater will be akin to that of the Grand Canyon.

Are these though the only reasons why NASA selected Gale Crater for this most intense of Mars examinations?

Starting at Gale Crater and stretching for 700kms is a broken line appearing on all photos of the area. Also at the Gale Crater end are what appears to be a group of buildings and near the same end of the broken line there appears to be a square shaped object.

One photographic interpreter has speculated that this appears to be a railway line, station and a railway carriage on the track.

NASA has reputed this, saying that is perhaps a stretch of the imagination. However they have not denied the existence of these objects neither have they offered any speculation as to what they may really be.

On the Right Track?

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Secret?

I do not doubt that the Curiosity is equipped to test soil samples for signs of life and I am equally sure that that is what it will do. I do though think that MSL will first check out these markings for more recognizable signs of prior life on the planet.

If I am right, yet NASA has not mentioned this phase of the exploration, will we ever get to know what these strange markings on Mars really are?

Curiosity certainly seems the appropriate name for this vehicle that may be pulling into platform 1 of the railway station on Mars.

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I had no idea! Thanks for the excellent hub of information! I thought you had written a fantasy offshoot of Harry Potter and his Platform at the railroad station! To discover reality is so much better. Thanks so much.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Saw some news on this on BBC this week. It's amazing they can make a battery lasting a decade, but T-Mobile can't make one lasting more than 2 days without recharging and needs replacing after 3 months! I suppose plutonium in the cell phone might prove an embarassment.

      Good article...Bob

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Rafken, maybe one day we may know what is hidden away in all that information NASA has gathered over the years, unless of course it is "national security, top secret". A very easy way for the government to keep us in the dark.

      Peter

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