The Search for Life on Mars from Viking to Curiosity
Red Planet Pen, Issue #3, by Nicole Willett, Education Coordinator
For centuries there has been speculation about life on Mars, from microbes to little green men. Scientists have spent an enormous amount of time and The latest mission to search for the clues to life on Mars is NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity.
With much fanfare, on August 5, 2012, the MSL Curiosity landed successfully in Gale Crater on Mars. The landing site was named Bradbury Landing site in honor of the late science fiction author Ray Bradbury. There have been many predecessors to the Curiosity Rover on Mars, including orbiters, rovers and landers. Over the past few years NASA has been using the “follow the water” strategy in an effort to find evidence of past or current life on Mars. We know that everywhere we have water on Earth we have life.
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