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Curiosity Launches November 25th


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Shrouded inside a white bullet-shaped rocket nose cone, NASA's next Mars rover was slowly towed to the launch pad Thursday and hoisted atop its Atlas booster for liftoff to the Red Planet on Nov. 25.


The Mars Science Laboratory was hoisted on top of the Atlas 5 rocket Thursday. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

The predawn journey across the Kennedy Space Center took a few hours. The convoy moved slowly to avoid damaging the complex Curiosity rover, which is set to begin a $2.5 billion mission to seek evidence whether Mars was once hospitable for life.

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