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NASA's Mission to Mars

By: CNN
By: CNN

NASA is releasing new details about its upcoming mission to Mars.

The space agency says it has narrowed the target landing area for its Mars rover, Curiosity.

NASA says precision landing technology will allow the spacecraft to land in an area that's much closer to where the rover will be working.

The space agency says that could allow the rover to get to its study site months earlier than originally expected.

Previously, scientists were concerned that landing any closer would put the spacecraft in danger of running into the foot of a mountain.

The rover is expected to land on the red planet in early August for a two-year mission collecting rock samples. Scientists hope those samples will tell them whether if life ever could have existed on Mars.


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