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NASA's Mars rover on course for August landing

Published 01/11/2012, AP Science Writer

Engineers closely tracked the one-ton rover nicknamed Curiosity, which has been cruising along since rocketing from Earth last November. The firing of its eight thruster engines is the most important task Curiosity will perform during its 352-million-mile flight to the red planet, but it's not unprecedented. Previous robotic explorers have had to adjust their paths several times en route to landing.

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