Mars Probe Heads Toward Gale Crater

Delivery of NASA’s large Curiosity rover to a Martian crater next Aug. 6 will be a do-or-die test, not just of its “sky crane” landing system, but of an equally new approach to targeting distant bodies with unprecedented precision.

Curiosity will be lowered on high-tech cables from a hovering spacecraft—that looks a little like something out ...

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