By: Anna Judd
What and When?
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!)
What Does a Rover Do?
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.
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.