Watch the Next Mars Rover Being Built on Curiosity Cam
Look inside the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to watch the next Mars rover being built http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl
As of Oct. 2010, technicians are working from approximately 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday. The camera shows a portion of the clean room that is typically active; but the rover, spacecraft components and technicians may move out of view as work shifts to other areas of the room. When activity takes place in other testing facilities around JPL, the clean room may be empty. If you visit during off hours or during a period when activity is out of view, there are lots of videos you can watch.
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: Between Nov. 25–Dec. 18, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida
Arrival: August 2012 at Mars
Length of mission on Mars: The prime mission will last one Mars year or about 23 Earth months.
For more details about the mission, or to Send your name to Mars visit http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/