Friday, June 24, 2011

MSL: Cool Videos

JPL has just released a new, high-definition animation of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission that "combines real scenes of Mars with spacecraft events such as landing on Mars and drilling into rocks."  Check it out at:

The journal Nature's news site has an article stating the science team's recommendation for MSL's landing site will be Gale Crater.  The article says that the expectation is that NASA headquarters is likely to ratify the selection.  If Gale is the selected landing site, a video produced by Doug Ellison shows what the terrain at Gale looks like.  The green lines are possible rover traverses.  The video is at

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