Curiosity Rover Seeks Out Life on Mars

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Searching for Signs of Life

At 1:32 a.m. ET Monday morning, engineers at NASA's Mars Science Laboratory in California erupted in applause after confirming that Curiosity, an SUV-sized space rover, had successfully made contact on the planet Mars. Curiosity will now begin a two-year mission to determine if the Red Planet ever had the environment to support small life forms called microbes. Keep reading for a look at Curiosity's extraordinary journey.Britt Middleton

Above, Mars is photographed in 2003 by the Hubble Space Telescope.

(Photo: AP Photo/NASA)