In Pictures : NASA’s Curiosity mendarat di Mars
The Curiosity rover aman terselip di dalam sebuah pesawat luar angkasa aeroshell. Misi pendekatan fase dimulai 45 menit sebelum pesawat memasuki atmosfer Mars. Ilustrasi ini menggambarkan adegan setelah tahap pelayaran pesawat ruang angkasa telah dibuang, yang akan terjadi 10 menit sebelum masuk atmosfer.
This artist’s concept shows the sky crane maneuver during the descent of NASA’s Curiosity rover to the Martian surface. In the depicted scene, the spacecraft’s descent stage, while controlling its own rate of descent with four of its eight throttle-controllable rocket engines, has begun lowering Curiosity on a bridle.
This artist’s concept depicts the moment that NASA’s Curiosity rover touches down onto the Martian surface. The sheer size of the Mars Science Laboratory rover (over 900kg) 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. It will place the rover on its wheels, ready to begin its mission after thorough post-landing checkouts.
In this picture, the rover examines a rock on Mars with a set of tools at the end of the rover’s arm, which extends about two metres. Two instruments on the arm can study rocks up close. A drill can collect sample material from inside of rocks and a scoop can pick up samples of soil. The arm can sieve the samples and deliver fine powder to instruments inside the rover for thorough analysis.
This undated image made available by NASA shows Mars’ Gale Crater, looking south. The formation is 154km in diameter and holds a layered mountain rising about five kilometeres above the crater floor, and is the planned landing site for Curiosity.
Engineers monitor the progress of the Mars Curiosity mission at the Space Operations Center and Mission Control Area in NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. More than 1,400 scientists, engineers and guests are expected to tensely pack the JPL as landing time approaches on Monday morning