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Nasa Mars Rover Team Aims For Landing Closer to Prime Science Site


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Mars landing site

Changes in the target landing area for Curiosity, the rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project. The larger ellipse was the target area prior to early June 2012, when the project revised it to the smaller ellipse centered nearer to the foot of Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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