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Launch of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, Featuring SAM!
artist concept of Curiosity Artist concept of Curiosity. Credit: NASA The largest, most advanced rover ever to leave Earth is about to head to Mars! The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover will explore Gale Crater in search of environments that might have supported life at some time in the past -- or could still today.

Curiosity’s launch window opens on Friday, November 25th at 10:21 a.m. ET. Join us for a special launch celebration, featuring the highly specialized instrument suite aboard the rover, which was built right here at Goddard: SAM, the Sample Analysis at Mars.

The NASA Goddard Visitor Center’s launch event will include:
  • A talk and Q&A session about Curiosity and SAM, led by a SAM scientist
  • A call from SAM/Curiosity scientists participating in launch events at Cape Canaveral
  • Hands-on Mars- and SAM-related activities
  • Science on a Sphere
  • SAM/Curiosity resources for teachers
  • Launch viewing via NASA TV
  • And more!
Anyone of any age who is excited about the Mars or exploration is welcome to attend.

If the launch of MSL is postponed, the event will still take place on Friday, November 25, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. For the latest targeted launch date/time, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html

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