Curiosity Rover

By: Anna Judd

What and When?

The Curiosity Rover is a rover that is currently on Mars. Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, and successfully landed on August 6, 2012.
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Curiosity the Rover

Curiosity is 2.9 m (9.5 ft) long by 2.7 m (8.9 ft) wide by 2.2 m (7.2 ft) in height. Curiosity weighs 1 ton and is larger than other rovers. (P.S. Curiosity is the largest one in the picture!)

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What Does a Rover Do?

A rover does multiple things such as taking samples of rocks, taking pictures of the rocks or new finds, and many other things.
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The Daily Life of Curiosity

A typical rover workday begins with a morning wake-up that is triggered by an on-board alarm clock. The rover has an antenna which allows it to communicate and receive commands from Earth. The commands are “uplinked” (or downloaded) to the rover and the rover begins its tasks for the day.

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Curiosity's Discoveries

Here are a few things that the Curiosity Rover has discovered:

-The rover has found an ancient streambed where water flowed roughly knee-deep for thousands of years

-Curiosity found some key chemical ingredients for life in the gray powder it drilled out of the John Klein rock. This includes sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon.

John Klein Rock Discovery

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Rocks From Mars

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Videos of Curiosity

Curiosity Rover Report (Dec. 9, 2013): Dating Younger Rocks
Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity's First Year on Mars