Popular display of full-scale model of rover,"Curiosity,"
ends on Father's Day - June 20

SEATTLE, June 10, 2010--The very popular exhibit of a full-scale model of NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity--also known as The Mars Science Laboratory--ends on Father's Day, June 20. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador Merle Hanley will be conducting tours and answering questions about Curiosity on June 10, 13, 17 and 19 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.Tours on Father's Day, June 20, will be at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
The high-fidelity model is on loan from NASA JPL, where Curiosity is currently under development. Nearly the size of a compact car, it is the largest--and most advanced--Mars rover yet. It is scheduled to be launched to the Red Planet in autumn 2011 on a mission to assess the planet's ability to support microbial life.

For more information see: http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/

Photo credit: Full-scale model of Mars rover, Curiosity. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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