NASA launched the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft with the Curiosity rover on November 26, 2011. Curiosity has 10 science instruments to search for evidence about whether Mars had environments favorable for microbial life, including the chemical ingredients for life. Find out more about the launch and the rover in this article. You might also like Jet Propulsion Laboratory's videos Mars in a Minute: Is Mars Really Red? and What's Up November: Mars Launch & Planet Magnetospheres.
How to Spot Mars in November 2011
Mars rises late in the evening, around 1:00 a.m. or 2:00 a.m. standard time. Use Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, to spot Mars during November. Read EarthSky's November 2011 guide to the five visible planets for details and observing tips.
Wishing you clear skies and happy stargazing!