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Mars Science Laboratory Launch

October 2, 2012
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, right, greets Clara Ma at the Banana Creek viewing site prior to the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Ma, a student from Lenexa, Kan. submitted the name Curiosity during a NASA contest to name the rover. 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)


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