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Mars Science Laboratory

Credit : NASA/JPL-Caltech
The camera MAST shows bluish color of the inside of this broken rock by the rover on the site "Yellowknife Bay". This rock has a size of 12 centimeters.
Credit :  NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
This image shows the first well drilled by the rover Curiosity. The extracted dust will be analyzed inside the rover.

Launched on 26 November 2011, the MSL probe landed August 6, 2012 in Gale Crater. It includes a motor vehicle (rover) named Curiosity, carrying a drill and a laboratory.

This mission is particularly ambitious: its main purpose is whether a favorable environment for the emergence of life existed on Mars.