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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure
cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice
or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to
inhabit primitive communities again. That's my
utopia.

~ Kurt Vonnegut
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Nasa, Curiosity's Sky Crane Maneuver
2011, Pasadena, CA, United States
This artist's concept shows the sky crane maneuver
during the descent of NASA's Curiosity rover to the
Martian surface.
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Taken during mobility testing, this image is of the
Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, inside
the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
2011, Pasadena, CA, United States
This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science
Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for
investigating Mars' past or present ability to
sustain microbial life.
Nasa, Curiosity Rover
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2011, Pasadena, CA, United States
Nasa, Curiosity Rover
-detail of: tread with Morse code "JPL"-
More about the Mars Science Laboratory rover
"Curiosity" at: http://boingboing.
net/2011/04/06/nasa-mars-science-la.html
Here is the NASA page on it: http://www.nasa.
gov/mission_pages/msl/index..
Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers test and
assemble Curiosity in a large clean-room on June
29, 2010 in preparation for a late 2011 launch.
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2011, Pasadena, CA, United States
Nasa, Curiosity Rover
-close-up of the clean room floor showing the
descent stage (left), cruise stage (middle), and
aeroshell (right); photo by Joseph Linaschke-
This photograph of the NASA Mars Science
Laboratory rover, Curiosity, was taken during
mobility testing on June 3, 2011. The location is
inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Preparations are on track for shipping the rover to
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in June
and for launch during the period Nov. 25 to Dec.
18, 2011.
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The technicians all wear special uniforms ("bunny
suits") to both protect the spacecraft components
from contamination and avoid electrostatic
discharges that would harm spacecraft electronics.
-close-up of MSL's descent stage-
The orange spheres are propellant tanks. The
black-colored unit measures accelerations with
high precision in order to control the descent.
-detail of the MSL descent stage; photos by Joseph
Linaschke-
The gray disk in the upper left contains small
rocket thrusters that will help steer the spacecraft
during its entry into Mars' atmosphere.
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The orange spheres are propellant tanks.
The Curiosity rover, showing the location of the
radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) on
the rear of the rover that provides both electrical
power and heat to enable the rover's operation
and survival on Mars. Pipes visible along the sides
of the RTG use fluid to transport heat into the
rover body.
-photos by Joseph Linaschke-
Rear of the Curiosity rover showing the
radioisotope thermoelectric generator that
supplies electrical power and heat to the rover.