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read the article 'Five Things About NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover'
September 16, 2010

Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term program of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The mission is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in late 2011, and arrive at an intriguing region of Mars in August 2012.
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read the article 'Next Mars Rover Stretches Robotic Arm'
September 7, 2010

Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover that will be on Mars two years from now, has been flexing the robotic arm that spacecraft workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory attached to the rover body in August 2010.
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read the article 'Curiosity Rover Grows by Leaps and Bounds'
July 23, 2010

Talk about a growth-spurt. In one week, Curiosity grew by approximately 1 meter (3.5 feet) when spacecraft technicians and engineers attached the rover’s neck and head (called the Remote Sensing Mast) to its body.
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read the article 'Curiosity Spins Its Wheels'
July 13, 2010

The wheels that will touch down on Mars in 2012 are several rotations closer to spinning on the rocky trails of Mars.
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read the article 'Helicopter Helps Test Radar for 2012 Mars Landing'
April 13, 2010

This spring, engineers are testing a radar system that will serve during the next landing on Mars.
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read the article 'San Diego Team Delivers Camera for Next Mars Rover'
April 6, 2010

JPL has received the two cameras for the Mast Camera instrument, the science-imaging workhorse of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, to be launched next year.
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read the article 'Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools'
February 11, 2010

Engineers just completed the first end-to-end test for Curiosity's robotic arm and sampling tools, "flexing" the arm to see if it plays "nice" with the rest of the system.
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7:02 a.m. PST, Nov. 26, 2011
(10:02 a.m. EST)

Landed:
10:32 p.m. PDT, Aug. 5, 2012
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