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Heat Shield Readied for Next Mars Rover
Heat Shield Readied for Next Mars Rover
10 Jul 2009
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

This image shows the Mars Science Laboratory's heat shield and a spacecraft worker at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, which built and tested the heat shield.
This image shows the heat shield and a spacecraft worker at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, which built and tested the heat shield. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, has finished building and testing the heat shield for protecting the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project. This heat shield is even larger than the ones used for protecting Apollo astronauts as they returned to Earth.

For more information, go to the Lockheed Martin news release at http://www.lockheedmartin.com/news/press_releases/2009/0616ssMSLHeatShield.html.

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Last Updated: 10 Jul 2009