Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft

Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft

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Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft (centre) and its Atlas V rocket payload fairing (left and right). The fairing protects the spacecraft during launch and ascent through the Earth's 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. Photographed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA.

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