Curiosity is expected to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in mid-September and land on Mars in early 2021.
However, NASA has not yet provided any firm dates for the rover’s arrival.
Read more about Curiosity here: Curiosity rover arrives in Russia.
Curiosity coffee will be available on Mars.
What about the coffee?
Curves on Curiosity will be made using the company’s patented 3D printed composite material called Kapton.
This composite material is designed to be stronger and more flexible than its conventional cousins, so it is likely that Curiosity will not need to be massaged as it approaches Mars.
This will allow Curiosity to be able to carry out tasks such as landing, recovering samples and using its onboard instruments in a safer environment than on Earth.
Where does the money go?
The rover’s launch vehicle is scheduled to land on the surface of Mars in mid October 2020.
However the agency has not provided any specific numbers for the cost of the vehicle’s mission.
However if NASA can come up with a way to reduce the cost and make it cheaper to launch a spacecraft to Mars, the agency could have a viable business plan for the mission.
How long will it take to get to Mars?
NASA’s mission to Mars is estimated to take at least five years to complete.
This is due to several factors including the need to build up an extensive network of roads and habitats and the fact that the International Space Station will be almost five years from launch.
However it is also possible that the rover could launch on a different trajectory than expected.
Sources: Science Daily, ScienceCast, Science.com, ScienceNOW