Curiouser and curiouser! Lecture and a Mars Landing The Mars Curiosity Rover.

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Space: The Final Frontier These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. Mars Curiosity Rover two Mars signs of life

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Curiouser and curiouser! Lecture and a Mars Landing The Mars Curiosity Rover Space: The Final Frontier These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. Mars Curiosity Rover two Mars signs of life Mars Science Laboratory Lasers! Mars Rovers Spirit / Opportunity (2004) Pathfinder (1997) Curiosity Guided entry for precision landing. Nuclear power source (at least 2 years) Much bigger than previous rovers More science tools: Laser induced spectrometer Chemistry and mineral composition Radiation assessment Atmosphere evaluation The Most Advanced Ever! Gale Crater Mount Sharp 3.4 miles high Landing Site Formed by a meteor Water in the past Clays and sulfates About the size of Connecticut EDL: 7 Minutes of Terror Of the 49 planned missions to Mars, only 20 have been successful. So why do we keep going back? Mars Is HARD! Could Mars have ever supported life? Is there life out there? Why? Philosophical: Is there life out there? Practical: Humans may one day need to leave Earth. Can Mars support life? Nothing New Under the Sun Dear Laaf, Space exploration is a waste of money! We dont need to spend 2.5 billion dollars sending robots to Mars. What are we looking for anyway? People need help now. I am going to boycott Mars and any company that supports Mars. Sincerely, Hater McHatesalot Dear Hater, Space exploration and science is a worthwhile cause. The advances in technology in space development often trickle down to practical applications in our own lives. The question of what is worthwhile is not an easy question and can be asked of many endeavors. Is spending money on art worthwhile? What about spending money for the Olympics or other athletic competitions? The human spirit has been created with a desire to be creative, to be excellent, and to be curious. We should not stifle that spirit by reducing our existence to one of survival only. We should satisfy our curiosity and desire to learn by expanding our understanding of the universe. Investments in technology do not show gains and benefits immediately and take time. Go ahead and boycott pretty much every company ever, as nearly all companies have benefitted from advancements in air transportation, radio communication, and semiconductors made possible through space agency research. Sincerely, Miles What will we be watching? Yay Mars!