NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has spent more than five months on Mars’ Red Planet than the shuttle Columbia did in its four-month mission, according to a new NASA report.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has spent about nine months on the Red Planet, according the space agency’s own numbers, which suggest a significant difference between the time spent by NASA’s robotic explorers on the planet and the space shuttles.
According to NASA’s Space Exploration Architecture Program (SEAP), the mission took four months on Mercury and two months on Venus, the most recent of which was in February 2021.
That means the Red Star 1 spacecraft had to spend about two months and 13 days on Mars.
The shuttle Columbia took about seven months to get to Mars.
NASA says it has found more than 200 rocks that could have been buried by the giant planet’s gravity, and it’s working to make more of them.
The report, titled “Why does NASA spend more time on Mars than on Earth?” was released on Wednesday, just as the International Space Station was entering the final days of its final round of refurbishment.
It notes that NASA spent nearly half a billion dollars to launch the space station and is now expected to spend more than $7 billion.
In fact, NASA says its mission will have more impacts on the environment on Mars and in space than all the previous manned missions combined.
“NASA’s Mars exploration program has evolved since it launched the first unmanned spacecraft on September 8, 1972,” the report says.
“NASA has spent the last seven months working to complete a detailed exploration plan and plans for its final Martian mission.”
The Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission was launched in March 1971.
It’s been studying Mars since then, and its first landing in 2004.
The mission took about five months to complete.
NASA says its MER mission will cost $1.9 billion and will take about eight months to fully complete.
That’s not a huge difference from the four months it took the shuttle.
This mission is the first manned mission to land on Mars since NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in 1999.
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landed in 2004 on Mars, carrying an international team of scientists and engineers.
The rover, which has been working to collect samples for science for more than a decade, is expected to stay on Mars for more time before landing.
NASA is also exploring the possibility of sending a lander to Mars in the 2030s.