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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

"Team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover's final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars." (JPL youtube page)



Here is an image of the landing operation (credit: JPL/NASA):
Final Minutes of Curiosity's Arrival at Mars


Follow the Curiosity Mars Rover landing here (LIVE). 
Aug 5, 2012     10:31 p.m.   Pacific
Aug 6, 2012     1:31 a.m.   Eastern
Aug 6, 2012     5:31 a.m.   Universal



This figure shows the location of the ten science instruments on the rover.
Credit: JPL/NASA
The science instruments in this rover are tools for acquiring information about the geology, atmosphere, environmental conditions, and potential biosignatures on Mars. 
The instruments that carry Mars Science Laboratory are:
  • Cameras
  • Spectrometers
  • Radiation Detectors
  • Environmental Sensors
  • Atmospheric Sensors
font JPL/NASA website
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