I am so anxious for Curiosity to finally land on Mars. When the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft launched in November, I was watching with baited breath, twice. The launch was postponed once, which really lucked out for me as all the televisions at work were undergoing tests the day of the first launch. (I was like, GEEZ! Don’t they know how important today is?)
Even knowing the rocket is well off on its way, set to land just 55 days from today, I knew I’d be waiting even longer than that. Curiosity was scheduled to take many months to reach her – yes, I’ve made her a grrl. It’s only fitting – primary research subject. But Curiosity announced today on her twitter feed (@MarsCuriosity – you really should follow her!) that her landing site has been adjusted and she’ll only have half the distance to travel to get to Mount Sharp.
And when she does, we are in for a great treat my lay reader friends! Curiosity seeks answers to the most profound questions of the universe (for humans, anyway). Did life exist on Mars? Are we alone in the universe? What kind of environments can support life? Could Mars once become inhabitable again?
These questions are what keeps me excited about the space program and about Curiosity. I simply cannot wait to see what Curiosity turns up next!