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Mars Science Laboratory Moves to Launch Complex

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover was rolled out of its processing facility on Nov. 3 atop the payload transporter at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Once at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41, MSL was hoisted atop the Atlas V rocket for its upcoming mission to the Red Planet. Curiosity has ten science instruments with which to search for evidence whether Mars has had environments and chemical ingredients for microbial life. The rover will use a laser to look inside rocks and release gases for a spectrometer to analyze and return the resulting data to Earth. MSL is now targeted for liftoff on Nov. 26.
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