Everything You Wanted to Know About the Mars Rover Curiosity

On Monday morning at approximately 1:32 Eastern, the new rover Curiosity touched solid ground on Mars after a flight through the planet's atmosphere that NASA dubbed "seven minutes of terror." The state-of-the-art exploratory vehicle will photograph and take samples to see if there were ever conditions on the planet that could have supported life. Here's a bit more on Curiosity's journey, by the numbers.

$1.6 billion: Initial amount of money NASA spent to launch the rover in the fall of 2009. The rover was not ready, and the agency had to wait 26 months for the proper alignment of Mars and Earth for the next launch opportunity. In all, it spent roughly $2.5 billion.

352 million: Miles Curiosity had to travel over eight months to get to Mars.

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