Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity Rover

Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity Rover

Curiosity Rover - Spacecraft Exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission.

This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.

This image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows Curiosity at the 'Rocknest' site where the rover scooped up samples of windblown dust and sand.

The first images from Curiosity's color Mast Camera were received by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (via NASA)

The first images from Curiosity's color Mast Camera were received by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. (via NASA)

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, also called the Mars Science Laboratory, is the largest rover ever sent to Mars. See how the Curiosity rover works in this SPACE.com infographic.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, also called the Mars Science Laboratory, is the largest rover ever sent to Mars. See how the Curiosity rover works in this SPACE.com infographic.

Radiation measurements made during the flight of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory to Mars in 2012 provide helpful information for design of future human deep-space expeditions.

Radiation measurements made during the flight of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory to Mars in 2012 provide helpful information for design of future human deep-space expeditions.

The LEGO® NASA Mars Technology Laboratory Interest Rover has landed! Designed by way of actual Interest Rover engineer, Stephen Pakbaz,…

The LEGO® NASA Mars Technology Laboratory Interest Rover has landed! Designed by way of actual Interest Rover engineer, Stephen Pakbaz,…

The Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover, the most technologically advanced rover ever built, landed in Mars' Gale Crater the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT) using a series of complicated landing maneuvers never before attempted.

The Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover, the most technologically advanced rover ever built, landed in Mars' Gale Crater the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT) using a series of complicated landing maneuvers never before attempted.

NASAs Mars Science Laboratory mission is approaching its biggest turning point since landing its rover, Curiosity, inside Mars Gale Crater last summer.

NASAs Mars Science Laboratory mission is approaching its biggest turning point since landing its rover, Curiosity, inside Mars Gale Crater last summer.

After an eight-month interplanetary trip, the Mars Science Laboratory arrived at Mars five years ago this week. Its automatic entry, descent, and landing phase, known popularly as the “seven minutes of terror,” saw Curiosity survive entry into the Martian atmosphere, decelerate further by employing a series of parachutes, and finally be lowered onto the surface of Mars from a hovering “sky crane. ”Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

After an eight-month interplanetary trip, the Mars Science Laboratory arrived at Mars five years ago this week. Its automatic entry, descent, and landing phase, known popularly as the “seven minutes of terror,” saw Curiosity survive entry into the Martian atmosphere, decelerate further by employing a series of parachutes, and finally be lowered onto the surface of Mars from a hovering “sky crane. ”Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Mars Science Laboratory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mars Science Laboratory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This infographic depicts the suspenseful 7 minutes it takes for Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory) to get from the top of Mars' atmosphere to its surface.     Represented are the Entry, Descent and Landing phases, often referred to simply as

This infographic depicts the suspenseful 7 minutes it takes for Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory) to get from the top of Mars' atmosphere to its surface. Represented are the Entry, Descent and Landing phases, often referred to simply as

This set of views illustrates capabilities of the Mast Camera (MastCam) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover, using a scene on Earth as an example of what MastCam's two cameras can see from different distances.

This set of views illustrates capabilities of the Mast Camera (MastCam) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover, using a scene on Earth as an example of what MastCam's two cameras can see from different distances.

Seventy-six pyrotechnic devices must fire on time during the descent of Mars Science Laboratory to the Martian surface on August 5.

Seventy-six pyrotechnic devices must fire on time during the descent of Mars Science Laboratory to the Martian surface on August 5.

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mast Camera (Mastcam) system will obtain color, multispectral color, stereo, and high definition video views of the terrain explored by MSL.

The Photo-Geek's Guide to Curiosity Rover's 17 Cameras

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mast Camera (Mastcam) system will obtain color, multispectral color, stereo, and high definition video views of the terrain explored by MSL.

Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity by MacRebisz.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity by MacRebisz.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

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