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Gale Crater: Geological ‘sweet shop’ awaits Mars rover – BBC Horizon

Gale Crater: Geological ‘sweet shop’ awaits Mars roverBBC Horizon

Grotzinger leads a team of several hundred mission scientists

John Grotzinger is the project scientist on Nasa’s latest multi-billion-dollar mission to Mars.

He’s going to become a familiar face in the coming months as he explains to TV audiences the importance of the discoveries that are made by the most sophisticated spacecraft ever sent to touch the surface of another world. Continue reading

Curiosity of Mars – Space gamble that will pay dividends

Space science: gamble that paid dividends

The latest Mars mission is partly a tentative rehearsal for a long-planned joint US-European smash-and-grab raid

Planetary exploration is expensive – as Curiosity’s $2.5bn robotic landing on Mars on Monday morning certainly shows – but it is not an expensive luxury. The more we learn about the other planets, the better we know this one. A study of Earth without reference to the rest of the solar system would be a bit like the story of the UK without a mention of neighbours across the North Sea or the Channel: pointless and dangerously wrong. Continue reading