This article is from the In-Depth Report NASA's Curiosity Rover Touches Down on Mars

From Space to Soil in 7 Minutes [Slide Show]

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Don Foley

A sophisticated rover means a big, heavy rover. Curiosity is the size of a Mini Cooper and weighs about one metric ton. The capsule that carries it through interplanetary space is larger than the one that carried the Apollo astronauts. Accordingly, the way in which the Curiosity rover will land is conceptually bold and unprecedented.

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