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NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft with solar panels extended September 27, 2013 is checked by technicians in preparation for a November 18 launch to Mars at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.  It is scheduled to go into orbit around  Mars on September 22, 2014 and begin taking data on the upper atmosphere, solar winds and magnetic fields that will be transmitted back to Earth.  BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images

NASA’s Newest Mars Flyer Blasts Off Monday

NASA’s newest robotic explorer is set to blast off from earth Monday for a 10-month journey to Mars.

11/16/2013

NASA's Curiosity rover, formally known as the Mars Science Laboratory, Mars Science Laboratory heads for space on November 26, 2011 atop an Atlas 5 rocket from launch pad 41 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Mars Science Lab in expected to land on Mars early August 2012. (Source: BRUCE WEAVER/AFP/Getty Images)

NASA’s Super-Size Mars Rover Makes Mission To Red Planet

Ready, set, takeoff for Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover, the world’s biggest extraterrestrial explorer, rocketed toward Mars on Saturday. The mission? Search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life.

CBS4–11/26/2011

This artist's concept depicts the rover Curiosity, of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, as it uses its Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument to investigate the composition of a rock surface. (Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA Launching ‘Dream Machine’ To Explore Mars

NASA is another step closer to Mars as it prepares to launch its newest red planet Rover this weekend.

CBS4–11/22/2011

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