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Map showing where Curiosity will land on Mars

Map showing where Curiosity will land on Mars | VIM | Scoop.it

with relation to the previously unmanned landings United States has taken on the planet.

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"Cocoon" of Curiosity posed by the back shell (top) and heat shield (bottom)

"Cocoon" of Curiosity posed by the back shell (top) and heat shield (bottom) | VIM | Scoop.it

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A silhouette of Curiosity next to an adult male of average height shows how big this vehicle is.

A silhouette of Curiosity next to an adult male of average height shows how big this vehicle is. | VIM | Scoop.it

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Close up of the descent stage and Curiosity in the back shell

Close up of the descent stage and Curiosity in the back shell | VIM | Scoop.it

 In the corners of the descent stage seen the four pairs with the step rocket engines. We clearly see the bottom of the Curiosity of the six wheels.

The six yellow circles that we see the different angles at the top, the landing radar to the descent stage.

The nuclear-powered thermoelectric generator is not yet fitted into the back of Curisoity (bottom)

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the "cocoon" with Curisoity is 4.5 m in diameter

the "cocoon" with Curisoity is 4.5 m in diameter | VIM | Scoop.it

it is small compared to the two halves of the payload cover it to hide in during launch

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X-ray and field-lens camera is both on the platform to the left of this picture

X-ray and field-lens camera is both on the platform to the left of this picture | VIM | Scoop.it

 the end of the robot arm in front of Curiosity

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Curiosity seen from the front.

Curiosity seen from the front. | VIM | Scoop.it

Up to the left of the camera mast, up to the right seen verktøy-/instrumentplattformen the end of the robotic arm.

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Drawing of verktøy-/instrumentplattformen the end of the robotic arm on Curiosity

Drawing of verktøy-/instrumentplattformen the end of the robotic arm on Curiosity | VIM | Scoop.it

Legend:
1) Drill / drill,
2) Røntgenspektrometer,
3) Tools for taking soil samples and preparing them before handover to the scientific instruments for analysis,
4) Dust Brush and
5) Field Camera Lens

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Curiosity is ready for a nearly two-year assignment in Gale Crater on Mars

Curiosity is ready for a nearly two-year assignment in Gale Crater on Mars | VIM | Scoop.it

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The three nylon cords and data cables are cut at the top deck of Curiosity

The three nylon cords and data cables are cut at the top deck of Curiosity | VIM | Scoop.it

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The main components in Mars Science Laboratory

The main components in Mars Science Laboratory | VIM | Scoop.it

 Key:

1) container for the parachute,

2) Freight stage,

3) Back shell,

4) descent stage,

5) Nylon Cords (green) and cable (purple) between the descent stage and Curiosity,

6) Curiosity

7) heat shield

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In the foreground is the heat shield of Mars Science Laboratory

In the foreground is the heat shield of Mars Science Laboratory | VIM | Scoop.it

 In the background we can see right up into the back shell. There we see descent step and Curiosity from below.

The four pairs of red circles is the rocket engines for the descent stage.

The white rectangle is the base of Curiosity with the rear end down.

On each side there are three wheels.

The six yellow circles that we see the different angles at the top, the landing radar to the descent stage.

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Descent stage seen from below

Descent stage seen from below | VIM | Scoop.it

The four pairs of nozzles for rocket engines are clearly brought out in the edges of the spacecraft. The structure that juts out towards the right, landing radar. It shall be the end of the landing phase, providing data on height, horizontal and vertical speed that is essential for a successful landing.

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Curiosity from above and behind while the vehicle is packed together before launch.

Curiosity from above and behind while the vehicle is packed together before launch. | VIM | Scoop.it

One of the last that was done was to assemble into the nuclear-powered thermoelectric generator.

It was mounted in the blank here "tail" behind the vehicle

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"Cocoon" of the back shell and heat shield is attached to the delivery stage (top)

"Cocoon" of the back shell and heat shield is attached to the delivery stage (top) | VIM | Scoop.it

On the right side of the back shell is still open where the nuclear-powered thermoelectric generator later in to be fitted to Curisoity.

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The camera mast dominates the left part of the drawing

The camera mast dominates the left part of the drawing | VIM | Scoop.it

At the top is a laser with a special camera. During the sitting the two mast cameras practically up to the mast.

Outside the mast cameras sit two pairs with the navigation camera.

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Each of the four corner wheels on Curiosity can swivel independently of the others

Each of the four corner wheels on Curiosity can swivel independently of the others | VIM | Scoop.it

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Curiosity description

Curiosity description | VIM | Scoop.it

Drawing of Curiosity with an indication of the equipment it has.

Key:

1) Meteorological instruments at weather station,

2) mast cameras and navigation cameras,

3) Chemistry Camera with Laser,

4) UHF antenna for communications with the spacecraft in Mars orbit,

5) Radioactive driven thermoelectric generator,

6) Round Beam Antenna,

7) Hexagonal, directional antenna with a diameter of about 30 cm,

8) Instrument for measuring nøytronintensitet,

9) Wheels,

10) Particle Radiation detector,

11) Descent Camera,

12) Verktøy-/instrumentplattformen the end of the robotic arm,

13) robot arm. In addition, there are two instruments inside the body of Curiosity: chemical / mineral instrument and sample analysis of Mars.

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