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    NASA rover takes first spin around Mars

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has taken a 16-minute drive, its first since reaching the Red Planet to search for habitats that could have supported microbial life.

    The $2.5-billion, two-year mission, NASA's first astrobiology initiative since the 1970s-era Viking probes, kicked off on August 6, with a risky, but successful landing on at a site NASA has named "Bradbury Landing," a nod to the late
    science fiction author and space aficionado Ray Bradbury.

    Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.