Robot: Curiosity Rover

Created by: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Size: Car size: 10 ft. long, 9 ft. wide, 7 ft. tall; weighing 2,000 lbs.
Purpose: To explore Mars for evidence of life and conditions favorable to life

Built with such goodies as a rock-vaporizing laser and cameras on every side, this new Mars rover is ready to go explore our neighbor planet. Curiosity will be able to grab rocks and bring them inside the rover for testing. So scientists believe the robot is NASA's best chance yet to discover organic materials on Mars. Also, for the first time, the new rover will send video back to Earth. Launch is scheduled for November or December 2011 from Cape Canaveral. Until then, you'll have to content yourself with watching scientists in white lab coats put it together, live.

See Curiosity Rover in action.

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