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Friday, November 18, 2011

Nuclear power generator hooked up to Mars rover


The nuclear thermal generator was installed today. It'll be turned on tomorrow (Friday) and will power the rover for years. Previous rovers were solar-powered and had to shut down for long periods every Martian winter, when the sun was too low in the sky to give useful energy.