JPL has just released a new video that captures the 'thrills and chills' of landing NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars at about 10:31 pm Pacific Time on Sunday August 5th. Engineers who designed the entry, descent and landing (EDL) system candidly talk about the new landing system, and describe the challenges of Curiosity's final moments before touchdown. .mov files are available at several resolutions, as well as a captioned version and a pdf file of the narration, at the following link: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia ... x.cfm?v=49.
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Around the time of the rover's landing, a new Explore module (Explore: Life on Mars?) will be available on this website! The module will provide facilitator background information, resource lists, and hands-on activities for children (ages 8 to 13) to investigate how and why scientists search for past or present microbial life on Mars. Stay tuned for further updates about this module! In the meantime, you can learn more about the missions by visiting the mission webpage here: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/