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-- NASA's thirty year space shuttle program is now over astronauts completing their mission to the International Space Station this morning landing for -- final time.
At the Kennedy space send her.
Up next for NASA though we're very the next step jury Dumars now the space agency getting ready to -- the rover.
To the red planet and tomorrow NASA will announce the exact landing site.
Meet Joe -- the author of physics and the future and a physics professor.
At the City University of New York is here with this talk a little bit.
More about this so where exactly is this rover going.
Well you know every two years NASA has a clear shot at Mars everything here and only here's a window opens up.
We're gonna take advantage of it over Thanksgiving by launching carry -- tomorrow as they're two landing sites.
One of which will be picked out tomorrow but the key thing is that liquid water once flowed freely on the surface of Mars.
And journalists they follow the money.
Scientists say follow the water -- robot.
The robot that's it's a robotic exploration of Mars right like the spirit and opportunity that landed several years ago.
And now is -- as a jam packed science mission is called the Mars science laboratory otherwise known as curiosity.
And we'll look for evidence of microbial life fossils any evidence of life on Mars do you think they're gonna find it.
Well so far we have found nothing Mars is a frozen desert is frozen solid.
But billions of years ago it was tropical.
In fact it was tropical before the earth became tropical.
Some people think that may be DNA got started on Mars -- -- been -- the earth by media rights do you think that.
Well if that theory is true it means that when you look in the mirror tonight you're looking at a march.
I feel that way sometimes actually -- still what.
-- that just seems so extraordinary is so basically this mission and it's a two year mission is that -- what every two years we have a clear -- -- -- -- -- -- be there for a little while you're desperately try to -- by its name right curiosity and it's going to be a long mission -- mission -- in the previous -- opportunity is still working on the planet Mars since his real -- here -- the satellite of Mars and we -- that did that announcement -- -- be tomorrow but there's justice and development.
I buy -- -- -- plan anymore but but it in and around Prudhoe and that also is discovery.
I have friends from some -- -- -- here's even though the shuttle program is stopping we are still making some discoveries in space.
That's right the robotic exploration of space continues the Hubble space telescope has spotted a new addition to the solar system a new baby has -- -- the solid system.
Pluto has four pops and the Hubble space telescope over a distance of three billion my house.
Found this fourth popped up Pluto out it's only 220 miles across a pat is -- a little moon it's a little -- going -- Pluto.
And in 2015.
The new horizons spacecraft will take a picture.
Of this new addition to the solace so.
It up real quick -- -- again we're ending this this great.
Moment in our nation's history in this project that we did the shuttle missions and there's this feeling that.
We're going to be losing out to other people.
With expiration -- space but we are going to Mars we are going to -- going in different ways are we really losing out is America losing out here.
We're just gonna have to get used to the fact of the next flag to be planted on the moon will be Chinese the Chinese are going full blast going to the -- we're just gonna have to get used to it.
President Barack Obama has made -- references about going to Mars so maybe this curiosity project will pave the way for Mars.
But that's still 2030 years into the distance -- it's not clear the -- -- that NASA will be an agency to nowhere and agency you know -- and we mention the job losses in Asia is -- you we appreciate your expertise to.
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