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Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) (201208050006HQ)

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team claps and welcomes White House Science and Technology Advisor John Holdren, third standing from left, as he stopped by to meet the landing team and to say "Go Curiosity" as NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, send from left, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Charles Elachi, left look on, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at JPL in Pasadena, Calif. The MSL Rover named Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. Curiosity is due to land on Mars at 10:31 p.m. PDT on Aug. 5, 2012 (1:31 a.m. EDT on Aug. 6, 2012). Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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Taken on August 5, 2012