Mars rover: Is all this really necessary?
August 7th, 2012
05:52 PM ET

Mars rover: Is all this really necessary?

Hey Mars! We're back! Hope you don't mind if we cruise around in our scientific SUV to grab some historic data and snap some breathtaking images. Oh, and we might do some Martian doughnuts in your front yard.

Now that the Mars rover Curiosity is safely parked, NASA's unmanned planet crawler appears ready to roll. A car salesman would have a ball selling this beauty. It's loaded with an array of sophisticated cameras, a "rocker bogie" suspension, a robotic arm, 2 gigs of flash memory, a rock-vaporizing laser (!!!!) and a plutonium-fueled power system. It operates by remote control from millions of miles away and has a blazing top speed of 1.5 inches per second.

Sticker price (including delivery): $2.6 billion.

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  1. Stephanie

    I very much believe that the moon-mission was a big fake, orstactrehed to bloat the American Pride .In case you haven't see it, this is pretty scary. It made me loose whatever little faith I had left in me for what's happening around.

    September 11, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  2. Davehuckle

    It will be necessary until man finds microbial life on Mars or at least fossilized microbial life. That will prove that life does exist beyond Earth, Something i have wondered about for 30 years. When in University i once wrote papers on this possibility. I have concluded that life is extremely prevalent throughout the entire Actual Universe, which contains 10^72 stars.

    August 22, 2012 at 11:42 am |

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