New Year’s Eve revelers watching giant screens in New York’s Times Square saw a special Happy New Year greeting from Mars, currently 206 million miles away. News from: NASA. ≈ The Curiosity rover is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA‘s Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL).Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST aboard the MSL spacecraft and successfully landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC.The Bradbury Landing site was less than 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from the center of the rover’s touchdown target after a 563,000,000 km (350,000,000 mi) journey.
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