Curiosity Rover Seen from Space incl. Parachute, Sky Crane &
NASA's Curiosity Rover and its parachute photo was taken by NASA's
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface
on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT), 2012.
Mission Name: Mars Science Laboratory
Rover Name: Curiosity Rover
Mission: To search areas of Mars for past or present conditions
favorable for life, and conditions capable of preserving a record
Size: About the size of a small SUV -- 10 feet long (not including
the arm), 9 feet wide and 7 feet tall -- (about 3 meters long (not
including the arm), 2.7 meters wide, and 2.2 meters tall) or
about the height of a basketball player.
Arm Reach: About 7 feet (2.2 meters)
Weight: 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds)
Features: Geology lab, rocker-bogie suspension, rock-vaporizing
laser and lots of cameras
7:02 a.m. PST, Nov. 26, 2011
(10:02 a.m. EST)
10:31 p.m. PDT, Aug. 5, 2012
(1:31 a.m. EDT, Aug. 6, 2012)
Length of mission on Mars: The prime mission will last one Mars
year or about 23 Earth months.
Tweets from AeroSpaceGuide Mars Landing Event
AeroSpaceGuide.net Curiosity Rover -
Mars Landing Coverage started 12am GMT on 6 August 2012. These are
some of the tweets when Curiosity landed.
=> Welcome to Mars.....Curiosity Rover.
=> May the Force be with you....Curiosity Rover.
Hello Curiosity on Mars....Good Nite from AeroSpaceGuide
Congrats NASA & Crew....thanks for ur hard work. Curiosity Rover.
Parachute DeployWhoosh! Out popped the parachute,
about 255 seconds after entry and 7 miles (11 km) above
the Martian surface. The
parachute slowed the spacecraft down a lot more, about 9% of its
original energy on atmospheric entry.
The landing marked the end of a 36-week flight from Earth and beginning
of a two-year prime mission on Mars. Researchers will use Curiosity's
10 science instruments to investigate whether Martian
environmental conditions have ever been favorable for microbial
Mars Science Laboratory....entry, descent and landing diagram.
How to Land on Mars - Curiosity Rover.
Curiosity Approaching Mars.
Challenge of Mars....Good Luck Curiosity.
Curiosity Communicating with Planet Earth
SkyCrane and Curiosity Rover.
Welcome to Mars - Curiosity Rover.
Curiosity Rover Landing Viewed from Mars Orbit.
Using the same shape and materials as past Mars landers and rovers, Curiosity's parachute
is over two times larger by area than those used for the Mars
Phoenix lander and the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and
Mars: The Inside Story of the Red Planet by
Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest
Book of Mars by Joseph M. Boyce
Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World by