August 3 - 6
Location: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission is on a precise course for
an early August landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of
unprecedented scientific detective work.
The MSL Curiosity rover will spend 23 months after landing gathering
samples of rocks and soil. Curiosity is equipped with equipment to drill
through rocks, and instruments to collect samples and distribute to
onboard test chambers. Curiosity's goal is to assess whether Mars ever
had, or does still have today, an environment capable of supporting
microbial life and habitability.
Curiosity is scheduled to land at approximately 1:31 a.m. EDT on
August 6. To celebrate this historic occasion, Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex will host a weekend of Mars-themed activities, exhibits
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