Tomorrow (Friday) I will be going on a Santa Barbara City College fieldtrip to JPL where we will see, among other things, the nuclear-powered Mars rover named “Curiosity” and the Sky Crane that will be lowering it to the red planet next year. The launch date is November 25, 2011. For a size perspective Curiosity is comparable to an automobile. The solar-powered Spirit and Opportunity rovers currently on Mars are each about the size of a golf cart.

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