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Nasa's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater

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Mars Gale Crater

Computer-generated view based on multiple orbital observations shows Mars's Gale crater as if seen from an aircraft northwest of the crater.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / ASU / UA

NASA's next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet's Gale crater. The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, is scheduled to launch late this year and land in August 2012. The target crater spans 96 miles (154 kilometers) in diameter and holds a mountain rising higher from the crater floor than Mount Rainier rises above Seattle.

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