The crater Gale is the target of the new Mars mission. The ellipse at the top shows the landing area at the foot of a 5500 meter high mountain within the crater. (c) NASA / JPL-Caltech / ESA / DLR / FU Berlin / MSSS
Reading After a journey of just over nine months, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (nickname: Curiosity) is scheduled to land on the Red Planet at 7:31 am on Monday, August 6, Germany. Aim of the mission is the crater Gale, which is located a few degrees south of the equator. The landing becomes a spectacular maneuver: 20 meters above the surface, the probe slows down and then drops the heavy, three-meter-long Rover Curiosity on ropes to the ground. This sky crane? NASA is trying out this mission for the first time.

The rover is to find out for two years, whether the environment in the Gale crater was once suitable for life. 3.5 billion years ago there was a lake. The scientific investigations begin immediately after landing. At the arrival point it will be about three o'clock in the afternoon. - Ute Kehse


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