Curiosity at Brainstorm
Curiosity was originally scheduled to take off for Mars in October 2009. "Despite exhaustive work in multiple shifts by a dedicated team, the progress in recent weeks has not come fast enough on solving technical challenges and pulling hardware together," JPL Director Charles Elachi said in a December 2008 statement. NASA says that the new 2011 date is the next launch opportunity, given that the positioning of Mars relative to Earth means that there's a favorable alignment for only a few weeks every other year.
May 21, 2010 12:16 PM PDT
Photo by: Ina Fried/CNET
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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