This is from the Really Cool Department (Science Division). Its NASA’s Curiosity rover’s launch on an Atlas V rocket and its still the stuff dreams are made of:
What is this all about? According to the mission overview:
Scheduled to launch on Nov. 26, 2011, 7:02 a.m. PST (10:02 a.m. EST). The launch window is between Nov 25 – Dec. 18, 2011, Mars Science Laboratory is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Mars Science Laboratory is a rover that will assess whether Mars ever was, or is still today, an environment able to support microbial life. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet’s “habitability.”
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