Mission name: Mars Science Laboratory Rover name: Curiosity rover Size: About the size of a car -- 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide and 7 feet tall! Weight: 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds) Features: Geology lab, rocker-bogie suspension, rock-vaporizing laser and lots of cameras Mission: To search areas of Mars for past or present conditions favorable for life, and conditions capable of preserving a record of life Launch: Nov. 26, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Arrival: August 5, 2012 PDT Length of mission on Mars: The prime mission will last one Mars year or about 23 Earth months. Mission Fact sheet: Download the PDF
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