#BAFact: If all goes well, Curiosity will be the fourth rover to successfully land on Mars… but 7 have been sent.

Getting to Mars is hard. Very hard! Several dozen missions have been sent there, with a success rate of only about 40%. Landing there is even harder, technically, and only half the landers have touched down successfully. Thought there have been some lander failures, the US has been very good about getting rovers to the surface of Mars, with a 100% successful series of rover missions. Let's hope that tonight, they'll add another to that run.

Don't forget to watch my G+ Hangout with +Fraser Cain, +Pamela Gay, and many others tonight: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/08/01/curious-about-curiosity-heres-info-on-where-to-watch/
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