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November 28th, 2011
10:40 PM ET

Mars Rover Launch

On Saturday, a NASA rocket carrying a rover dubbed "Curiosity" started its eight-and-a-half-month journey to Mars.

            The rover is scheduled to land on August 6, 2012.

            Once it arrives, the rover will collect rocks and soil to see if there are signs of life on the Red Planet.

            Our John Zarrella was at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch and sent us this BackStory.

Filed under: backstory • journalists • Science and Technology • Space shuttle • U.S.
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  1. yomi

    I bet you,there is nothing up there. Mere waste of resources

    November 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tonelok

      Think what would have happened if everyone though as you did. The new world wouldn't have been found for probably several hunderds of years, and "America" as you know it wouldn't exist to criticize.
      @donald dee
      NASA space budget is less than 1% of America's overall expenses. The red-cross can contribute more annually than what NASA's funding can do. NASA/Military R&D is also the reason you have the majority of your everyday devices. Every used a GPS? Your welcome. And if God created all around us, why can we not explore it all? We already used up our resources and over-populated this planet, we need to, as a civilization, look for ways to expand our reach.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      leyjmers17 on November 7, 2011 @IMissBritneyAlexI Well it ended may 5th and people are still posting their comments, wasn't trying to be offensive, just helpful

      February 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sawung

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        March 26, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cardijn M.

    Why all these waste of invention and adventure that are not contributing to humanity. America economy is in perils and yet venturing into millions of dollar project of this nature...Shame.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • David J Geaney

      What do you mean "not contributing to humanity?" Do you know how many spinoffs have come from space R&D? People with your mindset are the reason America is stagnating in math and science.

      The research that went into MSL is helping our solar capabilities, our communications, and our robotics capabilities.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • David J Geaney

      Not to mention that it inspires a whole new generation of scientists who may one day fix the problems that you are so concerned with.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. donald dee

    Human curiousity is not to be confused with stupidity,while everyone is trying to contribute to 'live green' projects you go around and contribute to green house gasess?that's so lame,should have aid da money into feeding africa or some middle east countries,pls.God made man to live on earth and why search for other live on other planets?so discouraged by U.S as a leader in many aspects to act so naive

    November 29, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Neopetshelpur on November 7, 2011 Someone mgssaeed me telling me they got too many random events guys, so please don't go crazy with the generator.. they only got a warning tho no ban

      February 24, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. well fought for research

    it wasnt acctually the rover. there is no rover. it was an anti alien missile, it was supposed to take about two days to hit its target, but once the missile got close to its target, the alien space crafts disappeared suddenly. there is no rover, granted, i probly think there is at least SOME sort of life on mars.. they will probly make a report saying the rover didnt make it due to off calculation or space weather or somthing.
    once aliens do come, reamain calm... dont provoke them untill they make the first move... they are bigger than us. lets just hope they are peacful.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. abayomi stephen

    ‎​Ȋ̝̊̅ think its a ‎​Ǥσσϑ invention...@ least we will know if we have,neighbours

    November 29, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. tunde Lagos

    It is good to know what is happening around us,this is part of science and don't forget we might not be planning to attack them please what of, if they are planning to attack us, think twice, this is not a waste of resources we might one day appreciate it, hope is never too late

    November 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beto

      I prosope not to hold off until you earn big sum of cash to order goods! You can just take the or just student loan and feel free

      February 26, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Priyanka

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        March 26, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dr. Stefan

    ‎... but why is CNN unable to dedicate a few seconds of live coverage to the event, which took place 2 minutes after the top of the hour? Where was the "world´s news leader" – where was "Breaking News". Another sign, that CNN has moved from a news leader to a news-entertainment-channel. A global news network has to bring such events live, and it has to have extended news at the top of the hour, not i-reort, connect the world and back story, but real hard live news!

    November 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • David J Geaney

      I agree completely. The mainstream media likes to ignore space, which is a shame

      November 30, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Lan

        bsamkarter on November 6, 2011 Oh well why not give it a shot, there's nothing to lose, so I guess there's everything to win! And cmon who doesn't like sony products!

        February 24, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Chi

        cnacivtiongomer on October 20, 2011 I think Saving Private Ryan should be a video game and it would be like world at but much much better. It would be a great first person shooter and it would have more weapons

        February 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sobharaj

        As much as I am the world's most anti-gun person, I think that vihang a gun is fairly crucial at this moment in NOLA... but why CNN had to obsess over it is ludicrous.

        March 26, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
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        March 26, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
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      December 17, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Mema

        that the study is not an iiotcaindn of real world performance. it is quiet, doesn't kill birds and is more efficientt that's not so terrible. BTW, where's your design?

        February 26, 2012 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
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        February 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bluegrass

        Muriness1 on November 20, 2008 KIA does make good cars, I own a KIA (2004 Kia Optima) and its very ribealle, saves gas and NEVER LEFT ME STRANDED. KIA does not have Toyotas reputation BUT KIA has come a LONG way from what they used to be. and TOYOTA and HONDA started off just like KIA did.

        February 26, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
        • Angel

          I forgot to write my last name, so I am re-posting. I have to take eeipxtcon to CNN International being superior to CNN. When they, the US Govt, and many countries called Honduras' ousting of their corrupt President a coup, I knew they had no idea what a coup was. I live here, it wasn't, and now everyone knows it wasn't. We, here in Honduras, have a new name for CNN ..Chavez News Network.

          July 26, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
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      February 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |