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Mars rover turns 1, begins journey to explore mountain

Detours caused trek to be pushed back months

LOS ANGELES — Mount Sharp has beckoned Curiosity since the NASA rover made its grand entrance on Mars a year ago Monday, dangling from nylon cables to a safe landing.

If microbes ever existed on Mars, the mountain represents the best hope for preserving the chemical ingredients that are fundamental to all living things.

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