In Pictures: NASA Mars Curiosity mission madness

A quick look at the NASA Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity rover mission

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The sheer size of the Mars Science Laboratory rover (over one ton, or 900 kilograms) would preclude it from taking advantage of an airbag-assisted landing. Instead the Mars Science Laboratory will use the sky crane touchdown system, which will be capable of delivering a much larger rover onto the surface, NASA says. It will place the rover on its wheels, ready to begin its mission after thorough post-landing checkouts.

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