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Mars Science Laboratory Launch

October 2, 2012
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, monitors the countdown of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity, 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)