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Mars Rover Curiosity, Artists Rendering
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Illustration of the NASA Mars rover Curiosity, due to be launched sometime between November 25 and December 18, 2011 and land on Mars between August 6 and August 20, 2012. Curiosity's main goal is to assess whether Mars is, or ever was, an environment able to support life. In this image, the rover examines a rock with a set of tools at the end of its arm, which extends about 7 feet. Two instruments on the arm can study rocks up close. Also, a drill can collect sample material from inside of rocks and a scoop can pick up samples of soil. The arm can sieve the samples and deliver fine powder to instruments inside the rover for thorough analysis.
March 13th, 2013
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