Back in November, NASA launched the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft with the next Mars rover -- a car-sized robot named Curiosity -- on board. The journey will take a little more than eight months; Curiosity is expected to arrive on Mars on August 6th. What kind of progress has it made so far? A new simulator on the NASA website shows a real-time visualization of where the Curiosity is in relation to the other planets of our solar system. Above, a screenshot from earlier today showing Curiosity's then-current position.
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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees coverage of American constitutional law and government in the Battle for the Constitution series.