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Mars Laboratory Rover Science

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a cellular robot for investigating Mars' past or current capacity to sustain microbial life. This photograph is an artist's idea portraying what the sophisticated rover would seem like in Martian terrain, from a side aft angle.

Mars Science Laboratory is portion of NASA's Mars Exploration Plan, a prolonged-phrase energy of robotic exploration of the red planet. Launched on Nov. 26, 2011, 7:02 a.m. PST (10:02 a.m. EST). Mars Science Laboratory is a rover that will assess whether Mars ever was, or is nevertheless today, an environment in a position to support microbial life. In other phrases, its mission is to figure out the planet's "habitability." Mars Science Laboratory will review Mars' habitability

To discover out, the rover will have the most significant, most sophisticated suite of instruments for scientific scientific studies ever sent to the martian floor. The rover will examine dozens of samples scooped from the soil and drilled from rocks. The record of the planet's climate and geology is basically "composed in the rocks and soil" -- in their formation, structure, and chemical composition. The rover's onboard laboratory will examine rocks, soils, and the regional geologic environment in order to detect chemical building blocks of life (e.g., varieties of carbon) on Mars and will evaluate what the martian environment was like in the past.

Mars Science Laboratory relies on progressive systems

Mars Science Laboratory will count on new technological improvements, especially for landing. The spacecraft will descend on a parachute and then, for the duration of the closing seconds prior to landing, decrease the upright rover on a tether to the surface area, a lot like a sky crane ( via ).

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