In this issue
In December, we invited the members of SEDS-USA to tweet, facebook, or email their top news storiesfrom 2011 to the editors of this magazine. As turbulent as 2011 was for the space community, I’m glad to see that the robotic exploration of Mars and the achievements of the human spaceflight programranked so highly in our query. In response to your comments, this issue will focus on the Mars ScienceLaboratory (MSL), a robotic rover named “Curiosity,” which is now on its way to the red planet. In these pages, you will find a discussion of what it is that makes a planet habitable, an overview of the MSLrover and mission architecture, and a review of Gale Crater the landing site selected for this flagshipmission.
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er from the Chair04 / Meet the SEDS-USA Execu
ve Board09 / SpaceVision / A Revela
on11 / Top Stories of 201212 / Tracers of Habitability / Looking for signs of life on Mars22 / Meet “Curiosity” the Mars Science Laboratory37 / Gale Crater / Curiosity’s new home42 / Alumni Spotlight / Chris Lewicki43 / SEDS-USA Projects46 / Chapter Updates