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Mars Science Laboratory Launch
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Mars Science Laboratory Launch

October 2, 2012
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, second from left, gives a thumbs up along with musician/producer will.I.am as NASA Associate Administrator for Education, Leland Melvin, right, gestures while posing for the cameras early Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, 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. Man at far left is Yves Lamothe an Aerospace Engineer at Kennedy Space Center. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul E. Alers)