Wednesday, January 11, 2012

NASA Rover Headed for Mars Takes Aim at August Landing Site Today

Date: 10 January 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET
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Curiosity Rover in Space
An artist's concept showing NASA's Curiosity Mars rover streaking through space. Curiosity launched on Nov. 26, 2011 and is slated to land on the Red Planet in August 2012.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech
A NASA rover on its way to Mars will make the biggest maneuver of its nearly nine-month journey through deep space today  (Jan. 11).
The spacecraft carrying the 1-ton Curiosity rover, which launched toward the Red Planet on Nov. 26, will perform a three-hour series of engine burns beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) Wednesday. The maneuver will redirect the rover more precisely toward its landing site at Mars' Gale Crater, researchers said.

MORE: http://www.space.com/14179-mars-rover-curiosity-trajectory-correction-maneuver.html






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