Saturday, November 26, 2011

This morning begins...

with a successful launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (also known as the Curiosity rover).  The Atlas 5 rocket performed flawlessly and the upper Centaur stage is now accelerating the spacecraft to a point over the Indian Ocean where it will leave Earth orbit and head to Mars.  Landing on the red planet will occur in nine months time, in August 2012.

Godspeed, Curiosity.

UPDATE:  Here's a video of today's launch.

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