NASA hosted a televised news briefing at 2:00 p.m. PDT (5:00 p.m. EDT, 21:00 UTC) Monday, Aug. 27, to provide a status update on the Curiosity rover’s mission to Mars’ Gale Crater.
Curiosity is in the opening days of a two-year mission to investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life.
Mission team members are living on “Mars time.” A Martian day is approximately 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, meaning team members start their shift 40 minutes later each day. The scheduling of this teleconference and other Curiosity media events is determined by their availability.
For more information about NASA’s Curiosity mission, visit: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl
See also: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/whatsnew/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowNews&NewsID=1326