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Sunday Photoblogging: Curious about Curiosity

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Last weekend, NASA successfully launched the Mars Science Laboratory – called Curiosity, which is currently well on its way towards the red planet.

Back in May, I went to an Open House at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. What a refreshing sight it was to see so many people – couples, families, grandparents and grandchildren, groups of teenagers – coming to a scientific laboratory to learn about space and science! But the real reason I was there was to see Curiosity. Visitors could only see it from a closed viewing area high above the clean room where the rover, about the size of an SUV, was being built.

It boggles my mind to think: that contraption that I saw being built in Pasadena is now millions of miles away, en route to another planet.

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Jason G. Goldman About the Author: Dr. Jason G. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he studied the evolutionary and developmental origins of the mind in humans and non-human animals. Jason is also an editor at ScienceSeeker and Editor of Open Lab 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Follow on . Follow on Twitter @jgold85.

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