Curiosity readies for dramatic entrance

Curiosity readies for dramatic entrance

Mars rover to touch down August 5

By Nadia Drake, 14:35 PM July 31, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles previewing the Mars Curiosity rover’s upcoming Mars landing. This installment describes the vehicle’s landing on the Red Planet, scheduled for Sunday evening, August 5, Pacific Daylight Time; the next will cover the rover’s science mission. Science News astronomy writer Nadia Drake will be covering the landing live from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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