Lithium-ion batteries power Mars mission

A company in the process of relocating to Rhode Island is powering NASA’s latest Mars rover.

Yardney Technical Products of Stonington, Connecticut created the lithium ion battery being used by the rover Curiosity, which touched down on the Martian surface Monday.

The company is moving to a new headquarters in East Greenwich.

Yardney made batteries for three previous vehicles that were sent to Mars, and also designs batteries for the U.S. military.