Mars Science Laboratory. Computer artwork of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft approaching Mars. Seen here is the aeroshell, which encloses the Curiosity rover and the descent stage. The spacecraft is less than 10 minutes away from entering Mars' atmosphere. The MSL is due for launch at the end of November 2011 and to land on Mars in August 2012 on a mission to determine if Mars is, or was ever, able to support microbial life.
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