Wednesday, August 8, 2012
More MRO Magic
The entire MSL delivery system in one photo...
The HiRISE camera on the MRO took a family portrait of the MSL and all the parts it used to pass safely through NASA's Seven Minutes of Terror on its way to the surface of Mars in Gale Crater. The heat shield protected Curiosity from the friction generated by entering the atmosphere at 3.6 miles per second. The largest supersonic parachute ever deployed on Mars opened at Mach 1.7. The Sky Crane lowered the MSL to the ground at 1-3/4 mph.