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Michael Watkins, MSL mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, answers questions Aug. 9, 2012, during a news conference on Curiosity Mars Rover at the laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (Associated Press)
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Michael Watkins, MSL mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, answers questions Aug. 9, 2012, during a news conference on Curiosity Mars Rover at the laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (Associated Press)

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