TheNextCorner writes: "NASA is getting set to launch its next Mars rover this week. The car-size Curiosity rover is the centerpiece of NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, slated to blast off Saturday (Nov. 26) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover will employ 10 different science instruments to help it answer this question once it touches down on the Red Planet in August 2012."
The reason that every major university maintains a department of
mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.