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…

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's Curiosity Mars Rover Is Showing Its Age, but That's Not All Bad - NBC News

NASA's Mars rover is getting older — but that may actually be a good thing

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Is Showing Its Age, but That's Not All Bad - NBC News

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Is Showing Its Age, But That's Not All Bad - A self-portrait of the Mars Curiosity rover from the Buckskin drill site.

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Is Showing Its Age, But That's Not All Bad - A self-portrait of the Mars Curiosity rover from the Buckskin drill site.

explorenasa The dark, smooth-surfaced object at the center of this Oct. 30, 2016, image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover was examined with laser pulses and confirmed to be an iron-nickel meteorite. The grid of shiny points visible on the object resulted from that laser zapping by Curiosity's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument. The meteorite is about the size of a golf ball. It is informally named "Egg Rock," for a site in Maine. Iron-nickel meteorites are…

explorenasa The dark, smooth-surfaced object at the center of this Oct. 30, 2016, image from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover was examined with laser pulses and confirmed to be an iron-nickel meteorite. The grid of shiny points visible on the object resulted from that laser zapping by Curiosity's Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument. The meteorite is about the size of a golf ball. It is informally named "Egg Rock," for a site in Maine. Iron-nickel meteorites are…

This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover shows an outcrop with finely layered rocks within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp

Nasa launches a new searchable media library

This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) in Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover shows an outcrop with finely layered rocks within the 'Murray Buttes' region on lower Mount Sharp

Two of the raised treads, called grousers, on the left middle wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover broke during the first quarter of 2017, including the one seen partially detached at the top of the wheel in this image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the rover's arm.

Breaks Observed in Rover Wheel Treads

Two of the raised treads, called grousers, on the left middle wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover broke during the first quarter of 2017, including the one seen partially detached at the top of the wheel in this image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the rover's arm.

A week of NASA Curiosity… Mars Rover Curiosity's "neck and head" rises above the body. In this shot you can see her "ChemCam" (the big lens on top), several "NavCams" (the circular ones on the bottom left and right), and the "MastCams" (the square-ish ones on the inside bottom).

A week of NASA Curiosity… Mars Rover Curiosity's "neck and head" rises above the body. In this shot you can see her "ChemCam" (the big lens on top), several "NavCams" (the circular ones on the bottom left and right), and the "MastCams" (the square-ish ones on the inside bottom).

Color Variations on Mount Sharp Mars The foreground of this scene from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows purple-hued rocks near the rover's late-2016 location on lower Mount Sharp. The scene's middle distance includes higher layers that are future destinations for the mission. December 14 2016

Color Variations on Mount Sharp, Mars

Color Variations on Mount Sharp Mars The foreground of this scene from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows purple-hued rocks near the rover's late-2016 location on lower Mount Sharp. The scene's middle distance includes higher layers that are future destinations for the mission. December 14 2016

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