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Mars mission back on track

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The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), currently flying through space, has been corrected so it lands on the planet Mars in August.

It was launched in November on a rocket from America, but wasn't travelling in exactly the right direction.

In a three-hour process, it was put on course by firing up eight thrusters.

The total journey from Earth is a staggering 570-million kilometers. That's er... as far here to Mars, obviously!

It will have to be corrected again before it can land, but scientists say this is normal for a space flight to Mars.

Eventually the MSL should touch down inside a 150km-wide crater - if that was on Earth it would take two hours just to travel across it.

The roving lab is aiming to land inside a 150km-wide bowl called Gale Crater.

It will use its complex equipment to work out if the planet has ever had conditions which can support life.

Pictures from European Space Agency