NASA’s new Mars rover reaches Florida launch pad (Reuters)

The heat shield for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, the largest ever built for a planetary mission is shown being prepared at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver in this April 2011 photograph released by NASA May 13, 2011. REUTERS/NASA/HandoutReuters - NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, a $2.5 billion rover designed to assess that planet’s suitability for life, arrived at its Florida launch pad on Thursday in preparation for a planned November 25 liftoff, the U.S. space agency said.

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