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read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Launch Milestones'
November 23, 2011

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is tucked inside its Atlas V rocket, ready for launch on Nov. 26, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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read the article 'New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile'
November 18, 2011

Maybe because it appears as a speck of blood in the sky, the planet Mars was named after the Roman god of war. From the point of view of life as we know it, that's appropriate. The Martian surface is incredibly hostile for life.
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read the article 'Mars Rover Carries Device For Underground Scouting'
October 20, 2011

Russia has provided a neutron-shooting instrument called DAN that will enable NASA's next Mars rover to detect water-bearing minerals buried underneath the rover.
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read the article 'The Landing-Site Specialist'
October 18, 2011

Gale crater has been sitting just below the equator of Mars, minding its own business, for at least three and half billion years.
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read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Meets its Match in Florida'
October 5, 2011

In a "match made for Mars," major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory have been connected at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, several weeks before launch.
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read the article 'The Strange Attraction of Gale Crater'
September 29, 2011

After an eight-month voyage to Mars, Curiosity will land at the foot of a 3 mile high mountain in a crater named "Gale."
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read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report: Launch Preparations Report'
August 31, 2011

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project continues to press ahead with launch preparation activities, planning to use additional time before encapsulating the rover in the launch vehicle's nose cone.
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read the article 'New Animation Depicts Next Mars Rover in Action'
June 24, 2011

A new, high-definition animation of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission combines real scenes of Mars with spacecraft events such as landing on Mars and drilling into rocks.
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read the article 'Radar for Mars Gets Flight Tests at NASA Dryden'
June 21, 2011

In a series of diving flights, an F/A-18 aircraft at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California is carrying a test model of the radar for the next landing on Mars.
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read the article 'Camera Duo On Mars Rover Mast Will Shoot Color Views'
May 31, 2011

The main science imaging instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines telephoto and wider-angle full-color cameras to see surroundings in detail and in motion.
read the article 'Camera Duo On Mars Rover Mast Will Shoot Color Views' Read More
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read the article 'Hardware Lifting Incident'
May 24, 2011

During processing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., an incident occurred on Friday, May 20, involving the spacecraft's back shell.
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read the article 'Mars Mission Components Delivered to Florida'
May 13, 2011

The aeroshell and cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Thursday night from California and Colorado.
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read the article 'JPL Facility Has Built Famed Spacecraft For 50 Years. See it at JPL Open House May 14 and 15'
May 12, 2011

The Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has birthed robotic explorers sent to destinations throughout the solar system over the past five decades.
read the article 'JPL Facility Has Built Famed Spacecraft For 50 Years. See it at JPL Open House May 14 and 15' Read More
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read the article 'Next Mars Rover Gets a Test Taste of Mars Conditions'
March 18, 2011

A space-simulation chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is temporary home this month for the Curiosity rover, which will land on Mars next year.
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read the article 'Madrid Event Marks Spain's Role in Next Mars Mission'
March 17, 2011

Governments of the United States and Spain saluted collaboration in the Mars Science Laboratory mission with an agreement-signing ceremony today, March 17, in Madrid.
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read the article 'Advanced NASA Instrument Gets Close-up on Mars Rocks'
February 18, 2011

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will take a next generation "hands-on" look at rocks and soils to determine the chemical makeup near its landing zone.
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read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Will Check for Ingredients of Life'
January 18, 2011

One of the jobs for the biggest science instrument on NASA's next Mars rover will be to check for the carbon-based molecular building blocks of life.
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7:02 a.m. PST, Nov. 26, 2011
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Landed:
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