Opportunity: 10 Years on Mars

Opportunity: 10 Years on Mars

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Mars 2020 Instrument Telecon
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3 p.m. ET (noon PT, 1900 UTC)

NASA has announced its next roving Mars laboratory will carry seven instruments that will conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.

The Principal Investigators will discuss their selections during a media teleconference:

James Bell, Arizona State University in Tempe.
Roger Wiens, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.
Abigail Allwood, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
Luther Beegle, JPL
Michael Hecht, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
Jose Rodriguez-Manfredi, Centro de Astrobiologia, Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial, Spain.
Svein-Erik Hamran, Forsvarets Forskning Institute, Norway.

NASA Headquarters participants are:

Jim Green, director of Planetary Science
Mitch Schulte, Mars 2020 program scientist
Ken Farley, Mars 2020 project scientist, JPL


For information about NASA's Curiosity mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl

Follow the Curiosity rover on Twitter (@MarsCuriosity) and Facebook

Get answers to some of the most common questions about Curiosity: http://bit.ly/h56pie


Mission name: Mars Science Laboratory

Rover name: Curiosity rover

Size: About the size of a car -- 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide and 7 feet tall!

Weight: 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds)

Features: Geology lab, rocker-bogie suspension, rock-vaporizing laser and lots of cameras

Mission: To search areas of Mars for past or present conditions favorable for life, and conditions capable of preserving a record of life

Launch: Nov. 26, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Arrival: August 5, 2012 PDT

Length of mission on Mars: The prime mission will last one Mars year or about 23 Earth months.

Mission Fact sheet: Download the PDF

For information about Curiosity’s power source and to obtain high-resolution images, visit:


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