The mars rover "curiosity" is set to land tomorrow night on the martian panet.
The spacecraft will be in charge of its own seven-minute final approach to the surface of the red planet.
With a 14-minute delay in the time it takes for radio waves from earth to reach mars 154 million miles away, NASA engineers will already have given curiosity the last commands of its eight-month voyage through space.
The one-ton, six-wheeled, nuclear-powered rover with a $2.5 billion price tag, is billed as the first full-fledged analytical laboratory on wheels ever sent to another world, designed primarily to search for evidence that mars may have once harbored conditions favorable to microbial life.
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