posted Oct 23, 2012, 11:19 AM by M Stoltz
By Nicole Willett, 'Red Planet Pen' (Issue #4), 10.21.12 The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover was launched on November 26, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Florida. The MSL had generated quite a fan base over the years and months leading up to her launch and landing. On August 5, 2012 the entire world was watching with heightened anticipation. As the updates were streaming through live from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at The Mars Society Convention hall in Pasadena, the excitement and anxiety was building. Each update from the team at JPL received a round of applause. When word was given of a successful landing there were high fives, laughter, tears and even a few hugs. The successful landing of Curiosity was the culmination of many years of hard work, scientific and engineering prowess, and American ingenuity.