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Curiosity of a girl lands on Mars

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14:29, August 16, 2012

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Rover's identity owes debt to imagination of daughter of Chinese immigrants

Clara Ma, the daughter of Chinese immigrants to the US, became part of space history when she witnessed one of the most sophisticated instruments ever used to explore another world successfully land on Mars with a name suggested by her.

The $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet on Sunday to determine if life ever existed there.

Clara, from Kansas, suggested the name Curiosity in a winning essay submitted to NASA three years ago.

Clara, now 15, was a special guest at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for the historic landing, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper.

She also wrote her name inside the rover with a marker pen and experienced the thrill of watching the car-size rover liftoff in November from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the newspaper said.

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