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What Nasa's Next Mars Rover Will Discover

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Mars Science Laboratory laser

MSL can fire a targeted laser to vaporize a small bit of Martian soil or rock and analyze the resulting smoke.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is on its way. In a little more than a month, the 1-ton rover, which launched in November, will descend to the Martian surface.

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