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        Engineering Curiosity's Landing

        In this video excerpt from NOVA: “Ultimate Mars Challenge,” learn about the mobility and landing system of Curiosity, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover. Curiosity’s mobility system needed to both function on the surface of the planet and act as landing gear to protect the rover during touchdown. The engineering team turned to modern bicycle design for inspiration to make the mobility system as strong and as light as possible. Three of the lead engineers describe aspects of the design process and recount how they felt during tests of the system.

         

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