Mars Rover Curiosity Arrives At Space Launch Complex

November 4, 2011

NASA said its Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover was moved from NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) to Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday morning in preparation for lift-off.

Curiosity has 10 science instruments to search for evidence about whether Mars had environments favorable for microbial life.

The rover will use a laser to look inside rocks and release the gasses so that its spectrometer can analyze and send the data back to Earth.

NASA said its target launch date for the rover is November 25.

The MSL was placed on the payload transporter on November 2 in the PHSF after being integrated into the Atlas V payload fairing.

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Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports

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