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Waiting For A Sign: Mars Rover To Land On Its Own

Here's the plan: The Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will land gently on Mars at 10:31 p.m. PT Sunday. The rover's entry, descent and landing will last for seven minutes. But the first signals about how that all went won't reach Earth until about seven minutes after it's over.
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How This Mission To Mars Is Different From Others

NPR's Joe Palca will be at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California to monitor the Mars mission landing Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. PDT. Palca talks with guest host Linda Wertheimer about the Mars landing and purpose of the mission.
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Scientists Look To Martian Rocks For History Of Life

A rover poised for a Mars landing late Sunday will explore higher and farther than any before. It's loaded down with experiments designed to test the rocks and atmosphere of Mars. Question No. 1: Was there life there?

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Red Planet, Green Thumb: How A NASA Scientist Engineers His Garden

Scientist Adam Steltzner worries about whether the Mars rover landing equipment he helped design will work. But in his garden, where he approaches things like the engineer he is, he is firmly in charge.
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Anxiety Hovers Over Rover's Mars Landing

Landing on Mars is no walk in the park. It requires years of planning, thousands of engineers and, in the case of NASA's Curiosity rover, billions of dollars. NPR's Joe Palca has covered the last four successful landing missions and has some thoughts about process of getting to Mars.
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New Consensus On Climate Change

Some climate change skeptics have reassessed their views. Diane and her guests discuss shifts in the debate on the role of humans in a warming world.

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Mars Rover Will Look For Building Blocks Of Life

On Sunday night, a six-wheeled rover the size of a subcompact car will land on Mars. We preview the mission, from the remarkable landing system to the kind of science the rover will do during its mission.

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