The Mars Science Laboratory was injected into interplanetary cruise just a few moments ago (early morning PST, Nov 26). Next stop will be Mars in August 2012. This is the most complex landed vehicle ever sent to another planetary object. It possesses a range of sophisticated instrumentation, mostly focused on understanding the geology, geochemistry, and mineralogy of rocks in the Gale Crater landing site. It has a few auxiliary instruments: a surface radiation detector, an active neutron subsurface sounder (which looks for subsurface ice or hydrated minerals), and a Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS). Ashima Research has been involved with the REMS instrument as a Co-I investigator since 2004. Looking forward to doing some meteorology on Mars!