This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars, plus three exposures taken during Sol 270 to update the appearance of part of the ground beside the rover.
Monday marked one year since the Mars Rover Curiosity landed on the red planet. You might remember those seven minutes of terror while waiting to see if Curiosity would make it to its final destination.
Our good friend and NASA Engineer Adam Steltzner, was instrumental in that mission. He joins us now to update us on Curiosity's findings.
In addition, Congressman Adam Schiff — a Democrat from Burbank — has been pushing back against the Obama Administration's proposed cuts to planetary science research.
Congressman Schiff is home on recess now and joins the show to talk more about his proposal.