This video was filmed on October 24, 2012 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
A car-sized rover named Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012. This particular rover, launched in November 2011, was created by the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars was ever habitable. Did Mars ever have an environment able to support small life forms called microbes?
- Director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Charles Elachi gives a behind-the-scenes look into "Seven Minutes of Terror," the video documenting the unprecedented and historic Mars rover landing in August 2012.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry exploration Noun
study and investigation of unknown places, concepts, or issues.
fourth planet from the sun, between Earth and Jupiter.
Mars Exploration Rover Noun
one of two robots (Spirit and Opportunity) sent by NASA to explore the surface and atmosphere of Mars.
large, spherical celestial body that regularly rotates around a star.
Encyclopedic Entry: planet rover Noun
vehicle that remotely explores a region, such as the surface of a moon, planet, or other celestial body.
solar system Noun
the sun and the planets, asteroids, comets, and other bodies that orbit around it.
vehicle designed for travel outside Earth's atmosphere.