Friday, November 11, 2011
Mars On Deck
Click the arrow to watch an animation of the Mars Science Laboratory mission. Video source: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
It's T-minus-two weeks until the scheduled launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, so the media — at least those who cover the space exploration industry — are starting to shift their attention to Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral.
Aviation Week "Mars Science Lab Ready For On-Time Launch"
MSNBC "Curiosity Rover is 'a Mars Scientist's Dream Machine'"
Space.com "NASA's Biggest Mars Rover Yet to Launch This Month"
You'll want to bookmark the Mars Science Laboratory web site and also download the launch press kit.
With the approaching failure of the Russian Fobos-Grunt probe to escape low Earth orbit, it will be an opportunity for NASA to step forward and prove its so-called "leadership" that certain politicians keep insisting the current administration has lost.