Caterpickles Breaking News Alert: We have lift-off!

Caterpickles Central is abuzz with news that NASA has just launched the largest Mars Rover yet. The Curiosity, a one-ton, six-wheeled, one-armed robotic explorer, set off for Mars from Cape Canaveral this morning (with a targeted assist from an unmanned Atlas V rocket).  Its trip to Mars will take 8 1/2 months. Once there, the Curiosity will use its arsenal of 10 scientific instruments to take samples from rocks and analyze them on the spot. The nuclear-powered rover will spend two years looking for evidence of life on Mars.


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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