NASA’s nuclear-powered Curiosity rover is perched atop an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., and ready to head for Mars at the opening of its planetary launch window on Nov. 25, managers of the Mars Science Laboratory mission said Thursday. “MSL has been assembled, tested, encapsulated, and stacked on top of the Atlas, and is ready to go, 15 days to launch,” says Doug McCuistion, NASA’s Mars Exploration Program director. “It’s pretty incredible.” Liftoff of the car-sized, ...


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