Curiosity at Work on Mars (Artist's Concept). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
This artist's concept (at left) depicts the rover Curiosity, of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, as it uses its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface. ChemCam fires laser pulses at a target and views the resulting spark with a telescope and spectrometers to identify chemical elements. The laser is actually in an invisible infrared wavelength, but is shown here as visible red light for purposes of illustration. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington, and designed and built Curiosity.
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Curiosity is also known as the Mars Science Laboratory Mission.
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission Goals: Curiosity, NASA's largest Mars rover so far, carries 10 instruments - more than previous rovers. It’s landing site – the Gale crater – is unique. The primary science objective is to assess a small area of Mars as a potential habitat for life, past or present. The mission is scheduled to last one Mars year (approximately two Earth years).
Learn more by viewing the Mars Rover Curiosity videos (listed below) and by visiting the MSL Mission websites. Follow Curiosity on Twitter @MarsCuriosity and Facebook.
More information about Curiosity is below.