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Mars Science Laboratory Launch

October 2, 2012
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left, shares a laugh with musician/producer Wil.i.am, right, and Leland Melvin, NASA Associate Administrator for Education, early Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, as they walk at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Later that morning, NASA began a historic voyage to Mars with the launch of the car-sized rover which lifted off at 10:02 a.m. EST. The mission will pioneer precision landing technology and a sky-crane touchdown to place Curiosity near the foot of a mountain inside Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers)