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Aeroshell Testing for Curiosity Rover

August 1, 2012
Technicians use an overhead crane to separate the two components of the aeroshell, an element of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), after testing. The aeroshell consists of the spacecraft's heat shield and the backshell, which carries the parachute and several components used during later stages of entry, descent and landing. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett June 14, 2011