What the Curiosity Rover Achieved, and What's to Come

An interview with Marc Kaufman, author of the new book Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission.

Curiosity has already wowed us with a series of splashy discoveries since its complex landing on Mars in 2012. But the rover’s biggest achievement may be yet to come. At press time, Curiosity was closing in on its target destination: 18,000-foot Mount Sharp in Gale Crater. Marc Kaufman, author of the new book Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, talked to Discover about what the rover and the scientists behind it have already achieved, and the tantalizing possibilities ahead. &nbs...

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