HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — While Curiosity is roaming on Mars millions of miles away, a replica of the rover roamed its way into to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The scale model was moved in early Tuesday morning as a result of President Barack Obama calling the Curiosity team in California to congratulate them on their successful mission.
“We got this from headquarters and we don’t know how long it’s going to stay, but we’re glad to have it,” spokesman Tim Hall said. “Everybody’s talking about Curiosity, the pictures, the look, the feel. Kids love it.”
The rover, officially called Mars Science Laboratory, landed on Mars last Monday without incident after an eight-month trip through space spanning 85 million miles. Curiosity carries the most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the martian surface. While on Mars, the rover will analyze dozens of soil samples and explore the role of water, atmospheric evolution and climate.