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The U.S. Mars-rover Curiosity is scheduled to touch down inside a vast, ancient impact crater at 05:31 GMT on Monday, or 1:31 Monday afternoon, Beijing time.
After a journey from Earth of more than 567 million kilometres, the rover should land near the foot of a tall mountain rising from the floor of Gale Crater in Mars’ southern hemisphere.
Curiosity is billed as the first full-fledged analytical laboratory on wheels ever sent to another world. It is designed primarily to search for evidence that Mars may have once harboured conditions favourable to microbial life.
|Anticipation as the Mars rover Curiosity streaks into the home stretch of its
eight-month voyage Sunday nearing a make-or-break landing attempt.
|Mars Rover Curiosity Closes In for Sunday Night Landing (ABC News)|
|This artist’s concept depicts a sky crane lowering NASA’s Curiosity rover onto the
Martian surface, a landing plan NASA has dubbed “seven minutes of terror.”
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Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com