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Mars Science Laboratory Launch

October 2, 2012
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, right, monitors the countdown of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity along with NASA Associate Administrator Chris Scolese, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at the ULA launch control center on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. 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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