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This image released on Aug. 7, 2012, by NASA shows the first color view of the north wall and rim of Gale Crater where NASA's rover Curiosity landed two days prior. The picture was taken by the rover's camera at the end of its stowed robotic arm and appears fuzzy because of dust on the camera's cover. (Associated Press/NASA)

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Matt Warfield of Hanover, Pa., and his son Brandon, 8, watch a live NASA press conference streamed live on the landing of Curiosity, which landed on the surface of Mars early Monday morning along with other visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., Monday, August 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Brothers Riccardo (left), 16, and Ruggero Amaduzzi, 19, wait their turn to control a large panoramic interactive digital map of the surface of Mars at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., on Monday during a NASA press conference streamed live on the landing of Curiosity. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Visitors to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on Monday watch a NASA press conference on Curiosity. The nearly one-ton probe completed its eight-month journey to the Red Planet, plummeting to the surface with the help of a parachute during what’s widely been referred to as “seven minutes of terror.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Matt Warfield of Hanover, Pa., and his son Brandon, 8, watch a live NASA press conference streamed live on the landing of Curiosity, which landed on the surface of Mars early Monday morning along with other visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., Monday, August 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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This photo from Aug. 5, 2012, made available by NASA, shows the Curiosity rover (bottom) and its parachute descending to the surface from the vantage point of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (Associated Press)

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This photo from Aug. 5, 2012, made available by NASA, shows the Curiosity rover (bottom) and its parachute descending to the surface from the vantage point of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (Associated Press)

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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity team member, Miguel San Martin, chief engineer, Guidance, Navigation, and Control at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, left, celebrates with Adam Steltzner, MSL entry, descent and landing (EDL) of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), right, after the successful landing of Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity team member Miguel San Martin (left), chief engineer, Guidance, Navigation, and Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, celebrates Aug. 5, 2012, with Adam Steltzner, MSL entry, descent and landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, after the successful landing of Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars at the NASA laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** This Aug. 2, 2012, file photo shows Nick Lam, data controller, monitoring the Mars rover Curiosity from the Deep Space Network's control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

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** FILE ** This Aug. 2, 2012, file photo shows Nick Lam, data controller, monitoring the Mars rover Curiosity from the Deep Space Network's control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

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This artists rendering provided by NASA shows Curiosity, the Mars Rover. After traveling 8½ months and 352 million miles, Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars Aug. 5, 2012. (Associated Press/NASA)

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This artists rendering provided by NASA shows Curiosity, the Mars Rover. After traveling 8½ months and 352 million miles, Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars Aug. 5, 2012. (Associated Press/NASA)

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FILE - This undated photo released by NASA shows astronaut Sally Ride. Ride, the first American woman in space, died Monday, July 23, 2012 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61. (AP Photo/NASA, File)

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**FILE** This undated photo released by NASA shows astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. (Associated Press/NASA)

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The Nuclear Spectroscoptic Telescope Array, or NuStar, was attached to a Pegasus XL rocket for its launch Wednesday as a cost-cutting measure by NASA. The $170 million mission is expected to give scientists sharp images from hard-to-see celestial objects. (Associated Press)

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An artist's rendering depicts NASA's latest X-ray telescope, dubbed NuStar, which was launched on a two-year mission on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific to study black holes and other celestial objects. (AP Photo/NASA)

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An artist's rendering depicts NASA's latest X-ray telescope, dubbed NuStar, which was launched on a two-year mission on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific to study black holes and other celestial objects. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This frame grab image from NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon capsule, center, the U.S. Destiny lab, left and the Japanese Kibo module, right just after the Dragon capsule was dematted from the International Space Station Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This frame grab image from NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon capsule, center, the U.S. Destiny lab, left and the Japanese Kibo module, right just after the Dragon capsule was dematted from the International Space Station Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/NASA)