August 1, 2012 5:00 AM

Mars rover Curiosity expected to land under the watch of engineer from Wichita

Monday after midnight, a white rover named Curiosity is supposed to land on Mars and begin a 23-month expedition to figure out whether the planet can – or ever could – harbor life. The mission is the most scientifically advanced attempt at exploring Mars and it took NASA seven years and $2.5 billion to prepare. The minutes before landing will stretch the nerves of the agency’s crew, including propulsion engineer and Wichitan Todd Barber.

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