Nov. 30 : Curiosity Rover Lifts Off for Mars
The weekend of November 26th-27th, the Mars Science Lab which carried the Curiosity Rover took off "atop an Atlas V rocket". An Atlas V rocket (built by Lockheed Martin) was the first rocket in the United States Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. The first Atlas V was launched in August 2002. The Mars Science Laboratory took off from Cape Canaveral. Curiosity is five times the size of Opportunity (another Mars rover) and looks like a small car. It is equipped with a camera, a rock crusher, and is powered by plutonium.