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Mars Curiosity Rover Descent Stage
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Mars Curiosity Rover Descent Stage

August 1, 2012
Workers unload the rocket-powered descent stage that will fly the Mars Science Laboratory during its final moments before landing on Mars. The descent stage arrived at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard an Air Force C-17 cargo plane along with the rover. Image credit: NASA/Troy Cryder June 22, 2011