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NASA's Curiosity rover lands on Mars (30 images)

The Mars Science laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity successfully landed on Mars, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.
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White House Science and Technology Advisor John Holdren, second from left, stopped by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission Support Area to meet the landing team and to say "Go Curiosity" as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Charles Elachi, right look on, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at JPL in Pasadena, California, The MSL Rover named Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. Curiosity is due to land on Mars at 10:31 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5, 2012 UPI/Bill Ingalls/NASA
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