Mars rover headed to launch pad next week The Flame Trench

NASA’s flagship Mars rover was encased in a protective aerodynamic shell this week in preparation for its move to the launch pad next week.
The Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, is targeted to blast off at 10:25 a.m. Nov. 25 — the day after Thanksgiving — from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station atop an Atlas V rocket.
The compact car-sized rover, the biggest yet bound for the Red Planet, is scheduled to be hoisted on a transporter Tuesday and rolled from Kennedy Space Center’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility to Launch Complex 41 overnight Wednesday.