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Last month, a massive solar storm launched itself toward Mars just as NASA's new rover, Curiosity, was blasting off from Cape Canaveral in the same direction. The coincidence heralds a new job for the multi-talented rover: For the next 9 months, Curiosity will monitor solar storms en route to the Red Planet.
FULL STORY at http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/14dec_mslrad/
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