NASA’S MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY mission, carrying the car-sized Curiosity rover, is only days away from launch. The video above explains what scientists hope to achieve with the mission.
The ambitious mission will see the nuclear-powered rover spend at least two years investigating the geology of Gale Crater, a 154-kilometre-wide crater just south of Mars crater.
Gale is named after Walter Frederick Gale, an Australian astronomer of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Mars Science Laboratory is set for lift-off at 2:02am, Sydney time, on Sunday, November 27.
Adapted from information issued by NASA.
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