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To ensure a successful entry, descent, and landing, engineers begin intensive preparations during the approach phase, 45 days before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmoshphere. The Deep Space Network's 34-meter and 70-meter antennas will be able to provide tracking coverage of the spacecraft during the approach phase. Getting from the top of the atmosphere down to the surface takes 7 minutes. Curiosity carries over 10 times the mass of scientific instruments as the spirit or opportunity…

To ensure a successful entry, descent, and landing, engineers begin intensive preparations during the approach phase, 45 days before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmoshphere. The Deep Space Network's 34-meter and 70-meter antennas will be able to provide tracking coverage of the spacecraft during the approach phase. Getting from the top of the atmosphere down to the surface takes 7 minutes. Curiosity carries over 10 times the mass of scientific instruments as the spirit or opportunity…

Full-Circle Vista With a Linear Shaped Martian Sand Dune The left side of this 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the long rows of ripples on a linear shaped dune in the Bagnold Dune Field on the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp. February 28 2017

Full-Circle Vista With a Linear Shaped Martian Sand Dune The left side of this 360-degree panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the long rows of ripples on a linear shaped dune in the Bagnold Dune Field on the northwestern flank of Mount Sharp. February 28 2017

Mars Curiosity Rover photographs itself.   How clear is that, from 35 million miles away.  The technology is mind-boggling.

Mars Curiosity Rover photographs itself. How clear is that, from 35 million miles away. The technology is mind-boggling.

Martian Landscape from the Mars Curiosity. Not saying Mars is our favorite place, but it holds a special spot in our dreams.

Martian Landscape from the Mars Curiosity. Not saying Mars is our favorite place, but it holds a special spot in our dreams.

Curiosity’s Mars Landing - INFOGRAPHIC    After travelling in space for more than eight months since its launch in November 2011, the Mars Science Laboratory will finally land its rover on the red planet on Monday to begin two years of unprecedented scientific work and search for any evidence of life.

Curiosity’s Mars Landing - INFOGRAPHIC After travelling in space for more than eight months since its launch in November 2011, the Mars Science Laboratory will finally land its rover on the red planet on Monday to begin two years of unprecedented scientific work and search for any evidence of life.

Follow Your Curiosity !!!  And let the science begin!  Gold Medal to all of the engineers of JPL and NASA (grad school paid off!!!!) and we are proud of all of you!

Follow Your Curiosity !!! And let the science begin! Gold Medal to all of the engineers of JPL and NASA (grad school paid off!!!!) and we are proud of all of you!

This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Big Sky" site, where its drill collected the mission's fifth taste of Mount Sharp, at lower left corner. The scene combines images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on Sol 1126 (Oct. 6, 2015). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the "Big Sky" site, where its drill collected the mission's fifth taste of Mount Sharp, at lower left corner. The scene combines images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on Sol 1126 (Oct. 6, 2015). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Infographic: Radiation Threat to Humans in Space | A study date from an instrument on the Curiosity Mars rover shows that radiation in space poses a threat to humans who would venture to the Red Planet. ♥ Pin for reference.

Infographic: Radiation Threat to Humans in Space | A study date from an instrument on the Curiosity Mars rover shows that radiation in space poses a threat to humans who would venture to the Red Planet. ♥ Pin for reference.

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.