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Quick and Curious Facts About the Mars Science Laboratory Mission

1 Aug 2012, 15:44 UTC
Quick and Curious Facts About the Mars Science Laboratory Mission
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Since launching in November 2011, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) has been on a 560 million-kilometer (350 million-mile) journey to the Red Planet, with landing scheduled for late Sunday August 5 or early Monday August 6, depending on where you live on Earth. The Curiosity rover has been tucked away cozily into a spacecraft for safekeeping during flight, but when it reaches Mars surface it will encounter tough and frigid conditions, all in the name of science. This is NASA’s fourth rover mission to Mars, and its goal is to determine the planet’s past — and present — potential for habitability. Want to know more? Here are some facts about Curiosity and the mission: (...)Read the rest of Quick and Curious Facts About the Mars Science Laboratory Mission (818 words)© nancy for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: Curiosity Rover, Mars, Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), Missions Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh

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