Take a second to stop watching Houston's new KUBE 57 channel and take a look at NASA engineers building the next Mars rover. A webcam is broadcasting NASA's Mars Science Laboratory staff build the new Curiosity rover in a clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. A clean room means no pretzels or cigars.
Curiosity should be able to drive longer distances over rougher terrain than previous rovers with a science payload 10 times the mass of instruments on NASA's Spirit and Opportunity. No word if it can go 'mudding' though.
So what's this very expensive device going to do? NASA says it will investigate whether the landing region has had environments favorable for supporting microbial life and for preserving evidence about whether life existed on the Red Planet. That is no small job either.
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