coondoggie writes: "NASA today said all systems were go for the Jan. 11 firing of its Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft's thrusters — a move that will more precisely set the ship's trajectory toward the Red Planet. NASA said the blast is actually a choreographed sequence of firings of eight thruster engines during a period of about 175 minutes beginning at 3 p.m. PST. The maneuver has been planned to use the spacecraft's inertial measurement unit to measure the spacecraft's orientation and acceleration"
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