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This image provided Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, by NASA shows a close-up view of a Martian rock that the NASA rover Curiosity zapped at using its laser instrument. Curiosity landed on in a giant crater near Mars' equator on Aug. 5, 2012 on a two-year mission to determine whether the environment was habitable. (AP Photo/NASA)

Mars rover Curiosity prepares for test drive

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ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists prepared to send Curiosity on its first test drive Wednesday over the billion-year-old rocks of Mars and said a busted wind sensor wouldn't jeopardize its mission of determining whether life could exist there.

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