Saturday, November 26, 2011

NASA Rover Begins Long Cruise to Mars

Date: 26 November 2011 Time: 03:19 PM ET
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This onboard view shows the successful spacecraft separation about 45 minutes after launch. The Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity rover, is now on its way to Mars.
This onboard view shows the successful spacecraft separation about 45 minutes after launch. The Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity rover, is now on its way to Mars.
CREDIT: NASA TV
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With a picture-perfect launch behind it, NASA's new Mars rover has begun the long trek to the Red Planet.
The car-size Curiosity rover blasted off today (Nov. 26) at 10:02 a.m. EST (1502 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here, and separated from its Atlas 5 rocket right on schedule, about 45 minutes later.

MORE: http://www.space.com/13741-nasa-mars-rover-curiosity-cruise-mode.html







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