Observatory director high on Martian explorer

August 20, 2012

Jesuit Father Jose Funes is pleased with the successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, and he thinks “everybody should be happy with the success.”

The Argentine Jesuit, director of the Vatican Observatory, said the rover’s mission is important: “To see if we can learn a bit more about Mars and the possibility of organic elements on the surface of Mars,” which would indicate that some living organism had lived or could live on the planet.

The Curiosity is set to explore Mars for the next two years.