|Mars Rover Curiosity is lowered onto Planet Mars by the sky crane.|
|Curiosity begins it's exploration of Gale Crater on Planet Mars.|
Curiosity rover is a robotic, car-sized Mars rover currently exploring Gale Crater, near the equator of Mars. The rover is a nuclear-powered, mobile scientific laboratory and part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission by the United States.
The MSL mission has four main scientific goals: investigation of the Martian climate, geology, and whether Mars could have ever supported life, including investigation of the role of water and its planetary habitability. Curiosity carries the most advanced payload of scientific equipment ever used on the surface of Mars.
Curiosity is the fourth NASA surface rover sent to Mars in 16 years, and is the heaviest robotic wheeled vehicle (at 900 kg) successfully deployed on a space mission, exceeding the 840 kg mass of the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 lunar rover from 1973.
Visit the Mars Science Laboratory homepage at NASA and see the latest images as they come in!