NASA’s Curiosity rover will try a new way of landing on another planet

Dropping in on Mars.

(Harry Whitver)

Rover Sizes

About the size of a small car, Curiosity is five times heavier than the last Mars rovers and has a bigger experimental payload: 165 pounds versus 11. The new rover carries more and better science instruments, and is designed to last longer (687 days vs. 90) and travel farther (12 miles vs. 0.6).

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