Life in Space? Exhibit at MSI features a model of the Curiosity Rover set to land on Mars on Monday
The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is always a fun spot for an outing. But on top of all of the usual interesting stuff like the trains, farm exhibit and Idea Factory, the MSI is also featuring a temporary exhibit called Life in Space? through September 30, 2012. This exhibit features a full-scale, NASA_owned model of the Curiosity Rover. Named "Dusty," the model is a life-sized, six-wheeled robotic explorer modeled after the real Curiosity Rover, a 7 foot-tall robot scientist on wheels scheduled to land on Mars on this Monday at 12:31 a.m. CDT. The MSI is one of only two institutions in the world selected by NASA to host a full-scale model of the rover during the landing. The Curiosity has a daunting task:  many previous attempts at landing similar rovers on The Red Planet have been unsuccessful. If the Curiosity makes a successful landing, it has an even more daunting task ahead: this robotic scout is on a mission to discover whether Mars ever harbored life...