NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will take advantage of its precision-landing capabilities to touch down in a 20-km (12-mi.) circle next to a 5-km-tall mountain that scientists believe contains a good portion of the planet’s water history in its layered rocks. The agency chose a site in the Gale Crater to explore with the nuclear-powered Curiosity rover, the centerpiece of the $2.5 billion mission. Named for Australian astronomer Walter F. Gale, the 154-km-dia. crater encompasses a ...


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