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Live Webcast of Mars Curiosity Rover Launch - November 2011

For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2011

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Live Webcast of Mars Curiosity Rover Launch - November 2011

Live Webcast of Mars Curiosity Rover Launch
(To take place at a date TBA between November 25 – December 18, 2011)


Image courtesy NASACome to the Exploratorium, or join us online  - www.exploratorium.edu/mars/index.html - for a first glimpse at the newest mission to Mars. Sometime between Friday November 25 and  Sunday, December 18th, 2011 (NASA to announce launch date just prior to 11/25/2011)  see the Curiosity Rover as it leaves the Earth and heads off into space for a landing on Mars.  This live web cast will be shown on screens for Exploratorium visitors to watch in the Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio on the museum’s main floor in the Skylight area.  Moderating the event will be one of the Exploratorium's staff senior scientists, Ron Hipschman.

The Curiosity Rover is scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida – with an expected land date on Mars in August of 2012. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission is to set down a large, mobile laboratory using precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time.  During the 23 months after landing, Curiosity will analyze dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover.

For more on NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover project, go to:

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