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Mission to Mars: An Astronomy Now Guide

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A guide from Astronomy Now magazine to the mission of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, which successfully landed on the Red Planet on August 5/6.

Curiosity is a mobile geological station about the size of a small car. It is equipped with a robot arm and instruments to examine Martian rocks.

This interactive guide allows you to explore the components of the Curiosity rover, zoom in on the landing site and watch an animation of the landing site.

It also previews the next Mars rover which will be built by the European Space Agency and asks what are the chances of finding life on Mars?