August 3, 2012 9:26 AM | By MSN Tech & Gadgets, Science desk
NASA’s mission to Mars

Curiosity comes in for a landing



With images from NASA, here's how Curiosity (above) was built, blasted off and what it will survey on the surface of Mars. (© REUTERS/Courtesy NASA/Handout)
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Some eight months ago, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity blasted off toward the Red Planet, and now it's safely arrived at its destination. After a 567 million kilometre journey, Curiosity touched down on Mars and sent these first images back to NASA at 1:32 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday.

The nuclear-powered rover has been a project years in the making. So what will it accomplish? And how did it come to be? With images from NASA, here's how Curiosity (above) was built, blasted off and what it will survey on the surface of Mars.

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