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U.S. robotic rover to seek Martian life with new focus

Published: Monday, June 11 2012 3:37 p.m. MDT

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover lifts off from Launch Complex 41at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. The rocket will deliver a science laboratory to Mars to study potential habitable environments on the planet.

Terry Renna, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Our take: With the advancement space technology, NASA is trying out a new approach to searching for life outside Earth with their newest rover, 'Curiosity'.

This summer, if all goes well, a robotic geologist will arrive on Mars to try out a new strategy for searching for life beyond Earth.

Rather than hunt for microbes like the Viking missions of the 1970s, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a wheeled rover nicknamed Curiosity, will look for places that could have hosted and preserved life.

Read more about New U.S. robotic rover on Reuters.com.

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