"Curiosity will even land in a new fashion," JPL's Joy Crisp said in October. "Spirit and Opportunity were sitting on top of a lander that hit on the surface and bounced, protected by airbags, before coming to rest and opening up. They then had to drive off the top of the lander. A descent stage called Sky Crane will gently lower Curiosity (no airbags needed) via cables, which will be cut once the rover's wheels set down."
May 21, 2010 12:16 PM PDT
Photo by: NASA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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