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Our Friendly Skies - August 2012

August 01, 2012|By CHRIS KOPKO/William Brish Planetarium and ANDY SMETZER/Tristate Astronomers
  • THe All-Sky Chart for August 2012
Tristate Astronomers

High-resolution video of portions of the descent will be taken as the rover is lowered to the landing site via rockets, parachute and finally, sky crane. 

After approximately four days of testing of the rover’s systems and surroundings, Curiosity will set out on its mission to help achieve the four main goals of the Mars Exploration Program. These include sampling the environment to determine whether conditions ever existed on Mars that were conducive to life, characterization of the climate and geology of Mars, and to prepare for human exploration of the red planet. 

If all goes according to plan Curiosity’s primary mission will last for almost two Earth years, and will take the rover up to twelve miles from its landing site.  This will be another big step toward the goal of eventually sending a manned mission to Mars.  For more information on this mission visit http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/.


 
William Brish Planetarium/Tristate Astronomers

The William Brish Planetarium will re-open in mid-August. For more information, visit www.wbplanetarium.weebly.com.
 
The next meeting for the TriState Astronomers will be held at the William Brish Planetarium on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome!  For more information, visit http://www.tristateastronomers.org/.

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