Inside Huge Mars Rover's Sky Crane Landing (Infographic)
Curiosity, the latest wheeled vehicle to be sent to explore Mars, is the size of a small car and will use a unique method of landing on the Red Planet.
Credit: Karl Tate, Contributor


NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity Mars rover, is a huge six-wheeled robot the size of a small car. The nuclear-powered rover won't land using rockets or airbags like past Mars missions. Instead, NASA has built a rocket-propelled sky crane that will hover over the Martian surface and lower the $2.5 billion rover to the Red Planet's surface. 

Learn all about how the Mars rover's landing will work in the infographic above, then check out the following Mars rover mission features.

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