Volume 89 Issue 47 | pp. 32-33
Issue Date: November 21, 2011

Mars Science Laboratory Set For Launch

With chemistry labs on board, its Curiosity rover will identify organics, minerals, isotopes
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Mars, NASA, rover, planetary science, analytical chemistry

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration is about to make its biggest, most elaborate bid to determine whether Mars has, or ever had, the capability to support life. Eight years in the making and costing $2.5 billion, the Mars Science Laboratory mission features a 1-ton rover named Curiosity, packed with two fully equipped analytical chemistry laboratories.

The rocket that will carry the craft to Mars is set to launch on Friday, Nov. 25, from Florida’s . . .

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