Science

5:03am

Mon August 6, 2012
Around the Nation

Curiosity Captivates Time Square Crowd

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 11:02 am

2:33am

Mon August 6, 2012
NPR Story

NASA's Curiosity Lands On Red Planet

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 11:02 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

They were pretty cheerful at NASA this morning after an unmanned vehicle set down on the surface of Mars.

JOHN HOLDREN: If anybody has been harboring doubts about the status of U.S. leadership in space, well, there's a one ton automobile-size piece of American ingenuity...

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING AND APPALUSE)

HOLDREN: ...and it's sitting on the surface of Mars right now, and it should certainly put any such doubts to rest.

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10:28pm

Sun August 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Mars Rover Pulls Off High-Wire Landing

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:26 am

An artist's rendering shows a rocket-powered descent stage lowering the one-ton Curiosity rover to the Mars surface.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

The best place to stand in the entire solar system at 1:14 a.m. ET Monday was about 150 million miles away, at the bottom of Gale Crater near the equator of the Red Planet.

Looking west around mid-afternoon local time, a Martian bystander would have seen a rocket-powered alien spacecraft approach and then hover about 60 feet over the rock-strewn plain between the crater walls and the towering slopes of nearby Mount Sharp.

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9:17pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Space

Curiosity Landing: "We Are Wheels Down On Mars"

Screencap of Mission Control at the JPL celebrating the landing of Curiosity.
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NASA's latest rover, this particular one the size of an automobile, successfully landed on Mars late into the evening Mountian time. Curiosity is safely on the surface and already feeding data back to Earth.

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3:55pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Space

Life On Mars? Try One Of Saturn's Moons Instead

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 4:46 pm

One of the things the Mars rover will look for is organic molecules that could at least indicate whether there was once life on the Red Planet. But if searching for life in outer space is the goal, many scientists now say we might have better luck elsewhere — specifically one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus.

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