NASA launches Curiosity rover toward Mars

11/28/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

NASA launched its Curiosity rover Saturday to look for evidence of past life on Mars. The sophisticated 1-ton rover will travel 345 million miles to the Red Planet in about nine months. "It's an order of magnitude more capable than anything we have ever launched to any planet in the solar system," said Colleen Hartman, assistant associate administrator at NASA.

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