News file for: Curiosity Mars Rover
The first ethnic Chinese astronaut to fly into space, 72-year-old Taylor Wang (王赣骏), has emphasized the need for Chinese-U.S. collaboration on future missions to Mars.
For 30-year-old Ravi Prakash of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Curiosity’s successful landing on the Red Planet on Monday was “equivalent to winning a gold medal at the Olympics.”
Australia will be the first country to receive signals from NASA’s 900 kg Curiosity Mars Rover when it initiates its risk-ridden entry, descent, and landing maneuver on Monday.
When NASA’s Curiosity rover touches down on Mars on August 6, an Indian engineer will be helping to maneuver its complex entry, descent, and landing on the Red Planet’s Gale Crater.