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Curiosity's Storybook Wishes For Mars

The Martian rovers Opportunity and Spirit have represented optimism, hope, and even cuteness to millions of people dreaming about discoveries on the red planet.How appropriate then, that the newest rover, Curiosity, should carry a sundial with sentiments and illustrations worthy of classic children's literature.Curiosity blasted off aboard an Atlas 5 rocket on November 26th, and is currently heading for Mars with an August 2012 landing date.In addition to the lovely illustration above, Curiosity is also carrying this sundial, with the name Mars in 16 different languages, including ancient Sumerian, Inuktitut and more around the edges:You may remember space artist Jon Lomberg from a previous Symbiartic post, Alone in the blogiverse: where are all the space-art bloggers?...

December 8, 2011 — Glendon Mellow

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