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Curiosity Rover

NASA Curiosity Rover Conducting Final Tests Before Shooting Rock-Zapping Laser

NASA Curiosity Rover Conducting Final Tests Before Shooting Rock-Zapping Laser

Brandon Russell

This isn’t the plot of a movie, or even Science Fiction: NASA’s Curiosity rover is locked and loaded, and ready to start vaporizing the very planet it landed on earlier this month. According to Space.com, the 1-ton robot is set to zap a Martian rock on Saturday with its on-board laser —  a step toward determining “whether the environment [is] favorable for microbial life.” Once the...