Monday, November 21, 2011

NASA set to launch Mars rover searching for signs of water, life

About time that NASA does something.
I'm surprised they are using an American rocket and not going to the Russians or even the Chinese for the launch.

The State Column
NASA officials spent much of the weekend putting the last-minute touches on a rover headed to Mars this week.

NASA will launch the rover — nicknamed Curiosity — using an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on November 26, space agency officials said. The launch was originally scheduled to blast off on November 25, however, officials said Sunday that the launch will be delayed in order to replace a suspect battery on the rover’s rocket...

The rover will travel to Mars, where it will land in Gale crater, which is thought to be about three and a half billion years old and more than 95 miles in diameter. The crater has a combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island with a three-mile-high mountain of layered sedimentary rock at its bottom — an enticing area of exploration for scientists.

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