PIA13162: Critical Step in Next Mars Rover Landing (Artist Concept)
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Product Size: 1280 x 720 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Other Information: JPL News Release 2010-171
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This artist's concept from an animation depicts Curiosity, the rover to be launched in 2011 by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, as it is being lowered by the mission's rocket-powered descent stage during a critical moment of the "sky crane" landing in 2012.

The Mars Science Laboratory mission is in assembly and testing for launch in autumn 2011 and delivering a rover named Curiosity to Mars in summer 2012.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2010-05-26