Spiral Notebook
FIVE days until Curiosity Lands!
by Elizabeth Rusch
July 31, 2012
 
FIVE days until Curiosity Lands!

The Mars rover Curiosity, continuing the story of The Mighty Mars Rovers, is due to land on the red planet August 5, 2012.  It has been soaring through the solar system for more than nine months. Here are details of its launch.

• Spacecraft: Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity Rover
• Launch Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Atlas V
• Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
• Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 41
• Launch Date: Nov. 26, 2011
• Launch Time: 10:02 a.m. EST

You can watch a video of the amazing rocket launch at:
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=122049781

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