Curiosity Launches!

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This morning at 10:02 a.m. EST, the Atlas V rocket with Mars Science Laboratory (a.k.a. Curiosity) encapsulated in its payload successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base. It was a beautiful launch and the HD video is above… enjoy!

MSL at the point of separation. (NASA/Livestream)

MSL successfully separated from the rocket phase 44 minutes later over the Indian Ocean, and minutes later stations in Canberra received confirmation from MSL: Curiosity is going to Mars! 

After about 36 weeks of traveling interplanetary space, MSL will arrive at Mars on August 5 of next year. It will land within Gale Crater and search for evidence of an ancient ocean and the chemistry – past or present – that would indicate the red planet being conducive to life.

Video: NASA