sighted writes: "NASA reports that the spacecraft carrying the Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity rover, has just reached an important turning point on its way to the Red Planet. A three-hour series of thruster firings changed the ship's velocity by just 12.3 mph (5.5 m/s)--enough to compensate for an intentional misdirection at launch that will send the mission's booster rocket safely off into space while the rover now heads for the intriguing Gale Crater."
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