Sunday, November 27, 2011

VIDEO | The Search for Life on Mars Begins: NASA Launches Extraterrestrial Explorer, Curiosity

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By Marcia Dunn
The Huffington Post
     CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The world's biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA's Curiosity rover, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life.

It will take 8 1/2 months for Curiosity to reach Mars following a journey of 354 million miles.

An unmanned Atlas V rocket hoisted the rover, officially known as Mars Science Laboratory, into a cloudy late morning sky. A Mars frenzy gripped the launch site, with more than 13,000 guests jamming the space center for NASA's first launch to Earth's next-door neighbor in four years, and the first send-off of a Martian rover in eight years. . . .

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