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Here is a look at some of the instruments that Curiosity plans to use.
In other space news the Dawn spacecraft has completed its year at the asteroid Vesta and is on its way to the dwarf planet Ceres where it will arrive in early 2015.
The Hubble Space Telescope captured two galaxies of a different color. The bluish spiral galxy on the top right is call NGC 4647 while the bigger Messier is in the middle. NGC 4647 is about the size of the Milky Way.