Curiosity – Mars Science Laboratory Landing Tonight

Curiosity – Entry, Descent and Landing in Gale Crater
Image Credit: NASA

At 9:00 AM Phoenix time, we are 13 hours and 31 minutes away from the landing of Curiosity in Gale Crater on Mars.

The diagram above shows the steps in the Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) of Curiosity. An interactive version can be found at the Curiosity web site.

NASA TV will host the EDL events live beginning at 8:30 PM, Phoenix time (0330 UTC 6 August).

More on Curiosity:

An interactive examination of the components of Curiosity from various viewpoints can be found here on the Mars Science Laboratory web site. An example is shown in the image below:

Curiosity Parts
Curiosity – Pieces and Parts
Image Credit: NASA

The science instruments on board Curiosity:



  • Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS)
  • Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam)
  • Chemistry & Mineralogy X-Ray Diffraction/X-Ray Fluorescence Instrument (CheMin)
  • Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite

Radiation Detectors

  • Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD)
  • Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN)

Environmental Sensors

  • Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS)

Atmospheric Sensors

  • Mars Science Laboratory Entry Descent and Landing Instrument (MEDLI)

Curiosity – Science Instrument Locations
Image Credit: NASA


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