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Star Talk: Curiosity takes NASA back to Mars

Largest rover ready to explore ‘habitability’ of Red Planet

This artist’s rendering depicts the rover Curiosity as it uses its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface. ChemCam fires laser pulses at a target and views the resulting spark with a telescope and spectrometers to identify chemical elements. The laser is actually in an invisible infrared wavelength, but is shown here as visible red light for purposes of illustration.
Photographer: NASA/JPL
This artist’s rendering depicts the rover Curiosity as it uses its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface. ChemCam fires laser pulses at a target and views the resulting spark with a telescope and spectrometers to identify chemical elements. The laser is actually in an invisible infrared wavelength, but is shown here as visible red light for purposes of illustration.
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Supersize it! That’s how we might describe Curiosity, the next Mars rover, which is just one week from reaching the Red Planet. Curiosity dwarfs the previous Mars Exploration Rovers, Opportunity and Spirit, which are barely half its size, and its science goals are the most ambitious yet for a rover investigating the surface of Mars. Curiosity is the central component of the Mars Science Laboratory mission and a key element in NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, ...

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rjk1915
July 30, 2012
7:28 a.m.

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Those are not "compounds".

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