The Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) landed on the floor of Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012 at 4.6° S latitude and 222.6° W longitude.
The goal of the MSL mission is to assess Mars' habitability. See the links below for more information.
of the MSL mission are classified as biological, geological and geochemical, planetary process, and surface radiation objectives.
Curiosity's primary atmospheric instrument, REMS, collects meteorological data that include wind, temperature, UV flux, humidity and pressure measurements.
SAM's laser spectrometer measures atmospheric isotope abundances.
Mastcam takes color, multispectral color, and stereo images which can be used to observe clouds and weather phenomena, track optical depth and perform sky photometry.
ChemCam's Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectrometer has made multiple passive sky observations.
DAN detects slow moving neutrons from Mars' surface to probe for subsurface water ice.