The Mars Rover

Thursday, May 02, 2013

 Mars Rover Curiosity Mars Rover Curiosity (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

New Yorker staff writer Burkhard Bilger and Adam Steltzner, the leader of the Mars Rover's entry, descent, and landing team, talk about the Mars Rover, NASA, and federal finding. Bilger wrote the article “The Martian Chroniclers” in the April 22, 2013, issue of The New Yorker.


Burkhard Bilger and Adam Steltzner

Comments [5]

Amy from Manhattan

I wonder if a rover could be designed so it could launch a cache of samples from Mars into orbit where an orbiter could pick it up & bring it to Earth? (I almost said "back to Earth," but the samples wouldn't have originated here!) Would that be easier than getting a whole spacecraft off the planet w/the cache?

May. 02 2013 01:45 PM

Also why haven't the private sector subsidized missions? "Isn't there gold in them hills?" too. :)

May. 02 2013 01:26 PM
Opal from NYC

We have so many needs in the U.S. here on Earth which we are destroying. Is that why we are going to Mars--to see if we can destroy it also?

May. 02 2013 01:23 PM

Will things remain static on mars? Will anything evolve there?

May. 02 2013 01:13 PM
Freddy Jenkins

I remember a long time ago, they thought they found lichens on Mars. Was this discredited, and when?

May. 02 2013 01:10 PM

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