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Nasa's Curiosity rover's sensor damaged

LONDON, Aug. 22 — Nasa's Curiosity rover, scheduled to take its maiden test drive on the surface of Mars, today reported its first setback when a sensor on its weather station was damaged.

However, the mission team says this is not a major problem and will merely degrade some measurements, not prevent them.

It is not certain how the damage occurred but engineers suspect surface stones thrown up during Curiosity's rocket-powered landing may have struck sensor circuits and broken the wiring. (PNA/PTI)

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