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-- thirty years space shuttle program is now over astronauts completing their mission to the International Space Station this morning landing for -- final time.
At the Kennedy space send her.
Up next for NASA though -- there is -- next step jury Dumars now the space agency getting ready to -- the rover.
To the red planet and tomorrow NASA will announce the exact landing site.
Meet Joe -- author of physics and the future and a physics professor and at the City University of New York is here with this talk a little bit.
More about this so where exactly is this rover going.
Well you know every two years NASA has a clear shot at Mars every -- -- and only here's a window opens up.
We're gonna take advantage of it over Thanksgiving by launching -- ask me to -- they're two landing sites.
One of which will be picked out tomorrow but the key thing is that liquid water once flowed freely on the surface of Mars.
And journalists they follow the money.
Scientists say follow the water so it's a robot.
A robot that's -- -- robotic exploration of Mars right like this spirit and opportunity that landed several years ago.
And now it -- as a jam packed science mission is called the Mars science laboratory otherwise known as curiosity.
And we'll look for evidence of microbial life fossils any evidence of life on Mars do you think they're gonna find -- well so -- we have found nothing Mars is a frozen desert is frozen solid.
But billions of years ago it was tropical.
In fact it was tropical before the earth became tropical some people think this may be DNA got started on Mars Bars -- been -- the earth by media writes do you think that.
Well if that theory is true it means that when you look in the -- tonight you're looking at a -- I feel that way sometimes actually -- still what.
If that's just seems so extraordinary is -- basically this mission and it's a two year mission is that -- what every two years we have a clear shot -- -- that the -- gonna be there for a little laugh -- -- pretty Verizon -- by its name right curiosities and it's gonna be -- -- mission -- -- mission in the previous -- opportunity is still working on the planet Mars since Israel puts -- can be satellite of Mars and we -- that did that announcement -- -- be tomorrow but there's also some developments.
Why can't -- planet anymore but but it in and around Pluto and that also is discovery.
From from some of our great science -- -- even -- the shuttle program is stopping we are still making some discoveries in space.
That's right the robotic exploration of space continues the Hubble space telescope has spotted a new addition to the solar system a new baby has -- -- the solid system.
Pluto has four pops.
And the Hubble space telescope over a distance of three billion my house.
Found this fourth pop up fluid out it's only 1020 miles across at pat is so a little moon it's a little little annoying -- -- -- though.
And in 2015.
The new horizons spacecraft we'll take a picture.
Of this new addition to the -- -- You know real quick -- -- again we're ending this this great.
Moment in our nation's history -- this project that we did the shuttle missions and there's this feeling that.
We're gonna be losing out to other people.
With exploration -- space but we are going to Mars we are going to -- and in different ways are we really losing out is America losing out here.
We're just gonna have to get used to the fact that the next flag to be planted on the moon will be Chinese the Chinese are going full blast going to the -- is gonna have to get used to it.
President Barack Obama has made vague references about going to Mars so maybe this curiosity project will pave the way from Mars.
But that's still 2030 years into the distance so it's not clear the danger is that NASA will be an agency to nowhere.
Mean agency to nowhere and we mention the job losses -- show it's nice to have you we appreciate your expertise will continue to keep you updated on these developments.
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