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Challenges of Landing "Curiosity" on Mars

On August 5, 2012, one of the most challenging technical endeavors ever undertaken by NASA was achieved flawlessly. After an eight-year design and development and a nine-month cruise, a car-sized rover named Curiosity, carrying a dozen scientific instruments, was "sky craned" on the surface of Mars. This talk reviews the technical challenges and engineering steps, which were undertaken to accomplish this feat and describes the performance of Curiosity over the last six months, as well as the scientific results so far.

Credit: NSF. Videos within presentation courtesy of NASA

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