An Atlas 5 rocket stands within its protective Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida during preparations for Saturday's scheduled launch of the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
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The one-ton Curiosity rover is the central payload for the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is due for launch at 10:02 a.m. ET Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41 in Florida, atop an Atlas 5 rocket. At today's pre-launch news conference, Colleen Hartman, NASA's assistant associate administrator for science, said the laboratory was "locked and loaded" for liftoff.