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Sunday, November 13, 2011

NASA: New Mars rover set to blast off later this month

NASA's most advanced Mars rover to date is in its final stages of preparation at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
Officially named "Mars Science Laboratory," the 9-foot-long, six-wheel-drive, robotic research vehicle will hitch a ride atop an Atlas V rocket ready and waiting for the high-tech buggy at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Twice the length of earlier Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity and weighing nearly one ton Curiosity is equipped with a 7-foot long robotic arm designed to be used for up close study of near objects such as rocks and soil.
The state of the art rover also dawns a 7-foot retractable mast equipped with cameras and a laser-firing instrument which has the ability to vaporize rock enabling Curiosity to study selected targets at a greater distance.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/314302#ixzz1dbQxLMpp