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Congratulations, Curiosity!

Posted by Zoe on 6th August 2012 in Exogeology, Main Page, Petra's Blog

Tonight, Curiosity reached its destination: Gale Crater, Mars.

Curiosity's first image taken from the surface of Mars. Woo-hoo! (Image credit: NASA)

Curiosity, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), traveled for about 352 million miles (567 million km) from a cleanroom at JPL on Earth to a place called Mount Sharp in Gale Crater on Mars. It’s hard to imagine traveling so far.

Curiosity's cleanroom, way back in 2010.

Mount Sharp, the area on Mars Curiosity will explore. (Image credit: NASA)

Tonight, August 5, Curiosity’s team worked through the “Seven Minutes of Terror” while everyone else, including myself, just hoped and wished for the best.

Can you even imagine how hard it would be to land a rover? Can you imagine just how nervous you’d be that all the work put into Curiosity would either have the chance to succeed amazingly or just fail terribly? I can’t, but that’s what Curiosity’s team must have felt.

Landing Curiosity had several stages. (Image credit: NASA)

Finally, can you imagine the relief and excitement as Curiosity landed safely on solid ground? I can, but not even half as much as Curiosity’s team, I’m sure.

I’m so, so glad Curiosity made the landing safely. Congratulations, Curiosity! You ROCK!

Curiosity Launches Today

Posted by Petra on 26th November 2011 in Main Page, Petra's Blog

Hello, Petra Stone here with news about the Mars Science Laboratory, better known as Curiosity or the MSL. Today, this new rover finally launches on its journey to Mars.

Image from NASA

It’s been over eight years now since the last Mars rover launch, Opportunity’s in 2003. Now, Curiosity will set off on a mission to determine if life could have ever arisen on Mars, characterize the climate of Mars, characterize the geology of Mars, and prepare for human exploration. Those are the four main goals, but this newest and largest rover has eight more specific scientific objectives. There’s a lot in store for the MSL!

JPL cleanroom where Curiosity was built. Image credit Zoe Bentley.

Curiosity’s equipment ROCKS! It’s taking a drill, several cameras for steering and gathering data, a robotic arm, and even a tool called SAM with a laser in it which vaporizes rocks. No, I’m not kidding. The MSL is also powered by plutonium. This means dust buildups won’t keep Curiosity from getting the energy to explore. Even the way it lands is pretty cool. I can’t wait until Curiosity reaches Gale Crater in August next year.

Curiosity is scheduled to launch today at 10:02 EST from Cape Canaveral on board an Atlas V rocket. I can’t wait for this ROCKIN’ rover to get on its way!

Check out these webpages to learn more about Curiosity:
The Mars Science Laboratory’s website
NASA’s MSL Mission Page
Watch Curiosity Launch Live!

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 2 Clue 5

Posted by Zoe on 4th November 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Watch the fourtieth clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the fifth clue of the second category in the second round.

Post your response to this clue on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question!


Watch Zoe’s family on The Today Show here and read their reaction to the piece here. The filming of the last Zoe’s Geo Party! category is featured throughout the segment, and Exogeology ROCKS! shows up at about 2:37.

This category was filmed at the KTVU Channel 2 station in Oakland, California. Zoe and her family were interviewed for a segment on Unschooling on Fox News on this channel. See the promos for the segment here. Watch for them today at 5:00 if you’re in Northern California. The piece will be put on YouTube soon after.

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 2 Clue 4

Posted by Zoe on 3rd November 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Watch the thirty-ninth clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the fourth clue of the second category in the second round.

Post your response to this clue on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question!


Watch Zoe’s family on The Today Show here and read their reaction to the piece here. The filming of the last Zoe’s Geo Party! category is featured throughout the segment, and Exogeology ROCKS! shows up at about 2:37.

This category was filmed at the KTVU Channel 2 station in Oakland, California. Zoe and her family were interviewed for a segment on Unschooling on Fox News on this channel. See the promos for the segment here. Watch for them tomorrow at 5:00 if you’re in Northern California. The piece will be put on YouTube soon after.

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 2 Clue 3

Posted by Zoe on 2nd November 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Watch the thirty-eighth clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the third clue of the second category in the second round.

Did you celebrate Halloween? What do you do to celebrate? Post your answer on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page along with your response to the latest clue, and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question!


Watch Zoe’s family on The Today Show here and read their reaction to the piece here. The filming of the last Zoe’s Geo Party! category is featured throughout the segment, and Exogeology ROCKS! shows up at about 2:37.

This category was filmed at the KTVU Channel 2 station in Oakland, California. Zoe and her family were interviewed for a segment on Unschooling on Fox News on this channel. See the promos for the segment here. Watch for them on Friday at 5:00 if you’re in Northern California. The piece will be put on YouTube soon after.

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 2 Clue 2

Posted by Zoe on 1st November 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Watch the thirty-seventh clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the second clue of the second category in the second round.

Did you celebrate Halloween? What do you do to celebrate? Post your answer on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page along with your response to the latest clue, and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question!


Watch Zoe’s family on The Today Show here and read their reaction to the piece here. The filming of the last Zoe’s Geo Party! category is featured throughout the segment, and Exogeology ROCKS! shows up at about 2:37.

Zoe’s Geo Party! Game 1 Round 2 Category 2 Clue 1

Posted by Zoe on 31st October 2011 in Geo Party, Main Page

Happy Halloween from Exogeology ROCKS!

Watch the thirty-sixth clue of Zoe’s Geo Party! , a 61 clue long trivia game. Look for a new video clue every weekday! This is the first clue of the second category in the second round.

This category was filmed at the KTVU Channel 2 station in Oakland, California. Zoe and her family were interviewed for a segment on Unschooling on Fox News on this channel. See the promos for the segment here.

Are you celebrating Halloween? What do you do to celebrate? Post your answer on the Exogeology ROCKS! Facebook page along with your response to the latest clue, and enjoy the category. Remember to phrase your response to each clue in the form of a question!


Watch Zoe’s family on The Today Show here and read their reaction to the piece here. The filming of the last Zoe’s Geo Party! category is featured throughout the segment, and Exogeology ROCKS! shows up at about 2:37.