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Up close and personal with NASA's new Mars rover

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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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. Courtesy of NASA

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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