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Saturday, December 17, 2011

NASA Mars-Bound Rover Begins Study in Space

This is an artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its cruise phase between launch and final approach to Mars. The spacecraft includes a disc-shaped cruise stage (on the left) attached to the aeroshell. The spacecraft's rover (Curiosity) and descent stage are tucked inside the aeroshell. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during its cruise in space. The spacecraft's rover (Curiosity) and descent stage are tucked inside the aeroshell. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
In its way to Mars, Curiosity starting to monitoring the radiation in space. The collected data will represent an important step to conduct a future human mission to the red planet.
NASA’s car-sized Curiosity rover has begun monitoring space radiation during its 8-month trip from Earth to Mars. The research will aid in planning for future human missions to the Red Planet.
Full article in Clarksville Online.



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