Saturday, November 26, 2011

Let me know what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars....

Kennedy Space Center, FL

Rare treat today. We took the short drive over to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch of "Curiosity". We didn't go into the Center, just stopped along the road close-by (along with a zillion other people)

Here is the newspaper story

NASA Launches Super-Size Mars Rover to Red Planet

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. – The world's biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA's Curiosity rover, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life.

It will take 8 1/2 months for Curiosity to reach Mars following a journey of 354 million miles.

An unmanned Atlas V rocket hoisted the rover, officially known as Mars Science Laboratory, into a cloudy late morning sky. A Mars frenzy gripped the launch site, with more than 13,000 guests jamming the space center for NASA's first launch to Earth's next-door neighbor in four years, and the first send-off of a Martian rover in eight years.

I got these few pictures on my phone camera.