The Madeleine Brand Show for April 5, 2011

Up close and personal with NASA's new Mars rover

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Engineers finish installing six new wheels on the Curiosity rover, and rotate all six wheels at once on July 9, 2010, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

After a two-year delay, NASA engineers are putting the final touches on the next Mars rover. The six-wheeled vehicle,dubbed Curiosity, will launch later this year. Monday, reporters were invited to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to see the rover up close. KPCC reporter Sanden Totten got a sneak peak - through his hairnet and sanitized face mask.

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