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To survive the Martian atmosphere’s massive drag, the 2000-plus-lb. Mars Science Laboratory rover will depend on the largest space parachute ever built. Here’s how NASA’s next chute will work.

NASA Builds World's Largest Space Parachute for Martian Landing

To survive the Martian atmosphere& massive drag, the Mars Science Laboratory rover will depend on the largest space parachute ever built. Here& how NASA& next chute will work.

Rover to Land on Mars by Sky Crane (Infographic)

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity Mars rover, is a huge six-wheeled robot the size of a small car. The nuclear-powered rover won't land using rockets or airbags like past Mars missions. Instead, NASA has built a rocket-propelled

NASA - Curiosity's New Home  Jamie is so excited about the Mars Curiosity rovers view that she wants to travel here for her next vacation.

Curiosity's New Home

First two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's "head" or mast. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground.

Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2

An amazing 360 panorama - Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 2

One way only reality check for our favourite Martians

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Awesome! A 360-Degree ‘Street View’ From Mars!

A 'street view' from Mars August 2012 by John Williams A 'street view' from Mars Enlarge panoramic image of the Martian landscape surrounding NASA’s Curiosity.

FILE - In this 2011 file artist's rendering provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech, a "sky crane" lowers the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover onto the surface of Mars. After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles, Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars the night of Aug. 5, 2012.

This artist's concept shows the sky crane maneuver during the descent of NASA's Curiosity rover to the Martian surface. The sheer size of the rover (over one ton, or 900 kilograms) would preclude it from taking advantage of an airbag-assisted landing.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Takes A 'Selfie' To Celebrate Its First Martian Year  MARS

Curiosity Celebrates Milestone On Mars

Curiosity Approaching Mars: The Curiosity rover is safely tucked inside the spacecraft's aeroshell. The mission's approach phase begins 45 minutes before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere. It lasts until the spacecraft enters the atmosphere.

A new study from the team behind NASA's Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity has confirmed that Mars was once, billions of years ago, capable of storing water in lakes over an extended period of time.

Curiosity Rover Team Confirms Ancient Lakes on Mars

A view from the "Kimberley" formation on Mars taken by NASA's Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating the ancient depression that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed.

This color-enhanced view shows the terrain around the rover's landing site within Gale Crater on Mars. It was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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OTW - This color-enhanced view shows the terrain around the rover's landing site within Gale Crater on Mars. It was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

http://jstn.cc/post/26005944423    Three tires from Mars rovers

thingsorganizedneatly: The wheels of three Martian rovers, left to right: Sojourner Curiosity Curiosity is the size and weight of a Mini Cooper with a top speed of mph. It lands August -via jstn Progress!

NASA - Mars Science Laboratory, the Next Mars Rover  // the first image of the Curiosity's shadow on the surface of Mars. Yes!  #Mars #Curiosity #NASA

Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity

NASA - Mars Science Laboratory, the Next Mars Rover. Curiosity safe on Mars.

Mission to Mars: 8 Amazing Tech Tools Aboard NASA’s Curiosity Rover    Read more: http://techland.time.com/2012/07/16/mission-to-mars-8-amazing-tech-tools-aboard-nasas-curiosity-rover/?iid=tl-main-feature#ixzz20vWkYfjK

Mars Curiosity rover fires laser for first time. The Mars Curiosity rover has done one of the most anticipated actions of its two year-mission to the Red Planet: It fired its laser for the first time.

NASA - Target: Jake Matijevic Rock.  The red dots are where the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument zapped it with its laser on Sept. 21, 2012, and Sept. 24, 2012, which were the 45th and 48th sol, or Martian day of operations. The circular black and white images were taken by ChemCam to look for the pits produced by the laser. The purple circles indicate where the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer trained its view.

NASA - Target: Jake Matijevic Rock Weird shape for a natural rock formation.

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