While the Olympics may be getting more coverage recently, Curiosity soaring smoothly down to Mars to discover the possibility of prior life will last longer than the three weeks we get of patriotism during sports. President Barack Obama calls the landing of Curiosity a “point of national pride”. One of Curiosity’s first jobs is to study the soil around the landing area. Another is to take pictures frequently of the surface and communicate those back to Earth. Curiosity’s main goal is to analyze Mount Sharp, a tall landform on the base of Mars. It is thought that this formation will provide clues to the geological history of this red planet. Read more about this amazing mission on Yahoo News’s website.
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