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Mars Rover

In the past year there have been many new inventions and new scientific endeavors. In 2011 there was a new exploration to Mars,with a Mars Rover.This rover was 7 feet tall and approximately 6 feet wide. The name of the rover is Curiosity and it was launched on November 26, 2011. This mission was to take 208 days to reach Mars. Curiosity has 7 solar panels so that it can collect the energy from the sun and use that source of energy to power the rover.  Other Mars Rovers ran on battery power and it does not last a long while. They made this rover so that it can last a long time and collect more data. This rover was meant to be big so it can go over rough terrain faster and collect more data quicker and it has its own mobile analyzing station so it does not have to wait until the rover comes back to earth.  This rover has a couple of cameras so it can see where it is going at all times.Curiosity is controlled by a remote control at the California NASA research center.

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 Curiosity -The Mars Rover

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission with the aim to land and operate a rover named Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Currently in transit to Mars, it was launched November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST and is scheduled to land on Mars at Gale Crater on August 6, 2012 (about 10pm in the evening of August 5 PDT, the time used by the mission controllers in Pasadena, California).If MSL arrives at Mars, it will attempt a more precise landing than attempted previously and then help assess Mars's habitability. A primary mission objective is to determine whether Mars is or has ever been an environment able to support life, though it will not look for any specific type of life. Rather, it is intended to chemically analyze samples in various ways, including scooping up soil, drill rocks, and with a laser and sensor system.

The Curiosity rover is five times larger than the Spirit or Opportunity Mars Exploration Rovers and carries more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments. MSL was launched by an Atlas V 541 rocket and, after its journey to Mars and then landing, is designed to explore for at least 687 Earth days (1 Martian year) over a range of 5-20 km (3-12 miles).
Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of Mars, and the project is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of California Institute of Technology for NASA. Doug McCuistion of NASA's Planetary Science Division is the Director of the Mars Exploration Program.The total cost of the MSL project is about US$2.5 billion.

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