During most of April planetary orbits put the sun between Mars and Earth and cut off reliable communications with Curiosity, the NASA rolling laboratory on the Red Planet.
Curiosity is on its own for most of this month because the sun is between Earth and Mars, blocking radio signals between the planets.
It’s been a busy month for Curiosity since last month’s column, with some great news and a few problems. First, the great news.
Just over five months ago, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, landed in Gale Crater on Mars.
One of the primary instruments on the rover Curiosity is the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station, a weather station to help us better understand the climate of Mars.
So what has Curiosity been doing on Mars for the past Earth month?
On Aug. 5, NASA successfully landed Curiosity, the Mars Science Lab rover, at Gale Crater on the planet Mars.