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Timeline Mission Milestones During Curiosity's Landing
Timeline Mission Milestones During Curiosity's Landing
9 Aug 2012
(Source: NASA / JPL)

Entry, Descent, Launch
Curiosity's EDL team releases a timeline for mission milestones (depicted in this artist's concept) surrounding the landing of the Mars rover. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The following data were compiled by Curiosity's Entry, Descent and Landing team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. It provides a timeline of critical mission events that occurred on the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early on Aug. 6 EDT).

Time of Event Occurrence at Mars (PDT)
[10:10:45.7 PM] Atmospheric Entry
[10:15:04.9 PM] Parachute Deploy
[10:15:24.6 PM] Heat Shield Separation
[10:17:38.6 PM] Rover Separation (from Descent Stage)
[10:17:57.3 PM] Touchdown

Time Event Occurrence Received on Earth (PDT)
[10:24:33.8 PM] Atmospheric Entry
[10:28:53.0 PM] Parachute Deploy
[10:29:12.7 PM] Heat Shield Separation
[10:31:26.7 PM] Rover Separation (from Descent Stage)
[10:31:45.4 PM] Touchdown

For more information on NASA's Curiosity mission, visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl, http://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl. Follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at: http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity and http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity. For more about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mro.


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Guy Webster/D.C. Agle 818-354-5011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov / agle@jpl.nasa.gov

Dwayne Brown/Steve Cole 202-358-1726/202-358-0918
NASA Headquarters, Washington
Dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov / Stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov

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