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Mission to Mars: NASA engineering and the Red Planet

- August 10, 2012

Sci-Fi had it all wrong. It’s not Martians who invaded Earth, but Earthlings who are visiting the Red Planet.

NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the fourth planet from the sun early on August 6, 2012, eastern time, and began communicating with its Mars Science Lab, passing valuable data and photos back to Earth.

Just how did NASA get its Curiosity rover on Mars and how does its Mars Science Lab operate? Read through this collection of EDN content on the topic of Mars exploration through engineering.

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Mars Observer launches, September 25, 1992

  • 09.25.2013

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Mars Observer probe launched; 11 months later contact was lost before its primary objectives could be achieved.Read More...

Viking 2 lands to explore Mars, September 3, 1976

  • 09.03.2013

On this day in tech history, Viking 2 landed on Mars at Utopia Planitia to begin its mission and look for evidence of life.Read More...

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Happy Birthday Curiosity: One year on Mars

  • 08.03.2013

The Curiosity Rover’s amazing sky crane landing on Mars, on August 6, 2012 EDT, is making history. Charles Bolden, NASA administrator says, “Wheel tracks now, will lead to boot tracks later”Read More...

NASA launches Spirit Mars Rover, June 10, 2003

  • 06.10.2013

On this day in tech history, the Spirit Rover was launched beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, which most recently sent Curiosity to the Red Planet.Read More...

Mars 3 launches, May 28, 1971

  • 05.28.2013

On this day in tech history, the USSR launched Mars 3, the first spacecraft to attain soft landing on Mars. Some 40 years later, amateur space enthusiasts rummaging through publicly available archived images may have identified Mars 3 lander debris on the surface of the planet.Read More...

Slideshow: DESIGN West gets virtual Mars rover tour

  • 04.23.2013

A NASA engineer provided a design review of the guts of the Mars Rover and the systems that safely set it down on the red planet.Read More...

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NASA’s Spirit rover lands on Mars, January 4, 2004

  • 01.04.2013

On this day in tech history and before NASA’s Curiosity rover, the Spirit rover landed on Mars and began a mission that lasted more than 20 times longer than anticipated.Read More...

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Power innovations for the Mars exploration Rover mission

  • 10.24.2012

Evolving the flat, square solar panel from the Sojourner rover on the 1996 Mars Pathfinder mission into more powerful solar "wings"Read More...

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ADI converters help capture stunning, high-resolution images of Mars

  • 09.17.2012

ADI’s 14-bit ADC AD6645 is used in capturing images of Mars from a camera mounted on a Mars orbiter, and those images helped scientists select the landing site for Curiosity. Read More...

Analog ICs on Mars

  • 09.15.2012

There are a great deal of electronics on these Mars devices such as the descent stage and the Curiosity Rover.Read More...

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