#NASA picks landing site for next Mars rover – an annotated graphic

After years of debate, NASA is close to choosing a landing site for its Mars Science Laboratory. The $2.5 billion rover – nicknamed Curiosity – is being readied for a two-year mission to the red planet, where it will look for evidence of past or present microbial life.

This nifty graphic explains Curiosity in greater detail. After what happened to the European Space Agency’s Mars rover Beagle 2, not to mention NASA’s most recent rover, Spirit, let’s hope Curiosity doesn’t end up like the proverbial cat.

Click on the graphic for a larger view.

NASA to pick Mars Science Lab landing site
NASA to pick Mars Science Lab landing site
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