26 Nov '11, 12pm

Nasa in high gear for launch of most powerful rover ever built

Nasa in high gear for launch of most powerful rover ever built

Technicians look over the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover during inspections at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California in this undated handout photo courtesy of Nasa. The MSL spacecraft is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov 26, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) - The United States space agency is poised to launch the most powerful and advanced robotic rover ever built to explore Mars and hunt for signs that life may once have existed on the red planet. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), a six-wheeled vehicle powered by nuclear fuel, is scheduled to begin its journey at 10.02am (11.02pm Singapore time) on Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop an Atlas V rocket. 'This is a Mars scientist's dream machine,' Ashwin Vasavada, MSL deputy project scientist at the National Aerona...

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