We're Mad About Mars!

This image shows an artist's concept of Curiosity, the rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project, landing on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS. Read more

by Jessica Santascoy & Vivian White, updated July 31, 2012

MarsGazers: The Mars rover, Curiosity, made a truly spectacular landing on Mars on August 5! We've got lots of juicy links about Mars for you.

To learn more about the landing, take a look at this presentation from Dr. Ashwan Vasavada, about what it takes to get there and what they're looking for.

Everyone is talking about this video. Have you seen it?

The Challenges of Getting to Mars:
Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror.


Where is Curiosity?

Follow NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on Facebook and @MarsCuriosity on Twittter for updates.

Find Mars in Your Sky 

You're invited to summer stargazing parties where you'll be able to see all kinds of celestial delights, including Mars. Get ready with Jane Houston Jones' tour of the night sky in What's Up, and find an astronomy club to MarsGaze, StarGaze, and SolarGaze. 

Look west to find Mars near Saturn. Both planets set around 12:00 a.m. Tonight's Sky by the HubbleSite Channel will give you more details.

Get to Know Mars
Take a look back at Mariner 9, the first spacecraft to successfully orbit Mars. Ray Bradbury waxes poetic at NASA.

Mars, You're So Complicated explains a little more about the seasons and the astoundingly big canyon on the Red Planet.   

Check the Mars Exploration Program website for all things Mars. Get brochures, sticker templates and other interactive fun stuff on this page

A great article on shifting your planetary perspective is Does Mars have a North Star? from our skygazing partners at EarthSky. 

We've Come a Long Way!

Here's one of the first close-up images of Mars (or any planet besides Earth!), thanks to Mariner 4 in 1965. 

Celebrate Curiosity!

We've come really far in space exploration.

Join the Night Sky Network community on Facebook and Twitter for sky charts and lively conversation. 

Find star parties and solar viewings quickly using these apps or the website!

Get Go StarGaze, the NASA Night Sky Network astronomy app that helps you find astronomy clubs and their stargazing events on the go!

You can also find astronomy events and clubs in Distant Suns, your personal guide to the cosmos!

Clear skies and happy stargazing!


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