Just a quick update in case anyone has fallen behind on the going's on within our home solar system:
The rover 'Mars Curiosity' successfully touched down Sunday and will begin it's survey. Touted as a fully equipped laboratory on wheels the Curiosity weighs in a roughly one ton. Curiosity will soon begin its two year mission to climb the slope of Mt. Sharp (Image via NASA) while taking and testing rock samples along the way. The rover will begin taking radiation measurements and photos of Mars today, NASA also has a rigorous array of systems checks to do as well.
Image of Curiosity's descent from NASA
reuters.com - Mars Rover Miracle of Engineering