Curiosity Lands on Mars

NASA’S mission to Mars was a success with the recent landing of “Curiosity”.

The rover is about the size of a small car with an arm reach of 7 feet.

The 352 million mile journey started eight months ago taking off at Cape Canaveral and landing on the Red Planet one minute after the time predicted by NASA.

Curiosity landed in Gale Crater and will travel the planet for 23 months.

The 2.5 billion dollar rover will give scientists the data they need to see if Mars can support microbial life.

“I thinks its really cool, and a good idea because you get to learn about our Earth and what’s going on around us” said Caroline Thomas, a Naperville resident.

“I think that this is not the right time to do it- there are other things that our government could be paying for, I heard the rover cost two billion dollars, there are much more important things we could put that money towards” said another resident, Luke Vander Pluym.

“I think its great that we are still funding the programs and still continuing to explore” added Sam Deffenbaugh.

Following the landing President Obama called the event “an unprecedented feat of technology” and hopes to have humans land on Mars by the mid- 2030’s.


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