Honest question because I’ve been paying zero attention: haven’t we put rovers on Mars before? If yes, what makes this one a big deal? I mean YES I get it - drawing an X at a point in the solar system 350 million miles away and then hitting it with a robot is, like, hard to do way to go good times nice job NASA people cool…but is there something that makes Curiosity different? Or is it extra cool this time just because we all got to watch this one land with our iPads?
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- michaelzimmer answered: It’s bigger, more precise landing, and a fucking sky crane.
- percussivehandclaps said: Its mission is to explore a crater that they think was once a lake. Plus it has an on-deck lab, so samples it draws will be remotely tested before being brought back.
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