Michael McDonnell has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He has a physics degree. He’s worked in hazardous environments. His hope is that these qualifications will convince a selection committee that he’s the perfect candidate for the first human voyage to Mars.
So far, it has. He was among the final 100 candidates — 50 men and 50 women — announced for the Mars One mission today, down from an initial candidate pool of 200,000. Continue reading
Spencer Michels has the story of NASA’s newest rover vehicle, aptly named "Curiosity," and its mission to Mars. Curiosity has made some new discoveries, begging the age-old question, does life exist on the red planet? Continue reading
NASA’s intrepid Mars Rover, Curiosity has been through a lot in the past year. It flew 354-million miles, deployed a supersonic parachute and sky crane and landed on the surface of Mars. And while it undergoes equipment checks, it’s been busy snapping photos of the hazy, dust-covered planet, which you can see in this slide show. Continue reading
It only took minutes for Curiosity to land on Mars. But the celebration of the successful landing — and the mission itself — will last much longer. Judy Woodruff talks to science correspondent Miles O’Brien and John Grunsfeld of NASA about Curiosity and the years NASA scientists spent planning the journey to Mars. Continue reading
After a 354 million-mile journey, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and its rover Curiosity succeeded in a risky, sophisticated landing on the surface of Mars, and began beaming back photos of its own shadow against the soil of its landing site, … Continue reading
NASA will soon attempt to land the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars. If all goes as planned, Curiosity will enter the Martian atmosphere, slowing its descent by releasing a parachute, and lower to the surface on a tether with the help of a ‘sky crane.’ Miles O’Brien previews the anticipated rover landing on the Red Planet. Continue reading