Curiosity Rovers Cruise Stage
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Curiosity Rover's Cruise Stage

August 1, 2012
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission cruise stage has been mated to the aeroshell, which contains the compact car-sized rover Curiosity. The cruise stage provides solar power, thrusters for navigation, and heat exchangers to the rover during its flight from Earth to Mars. Image credit: NASA/Glenn Benson Oct. 10, 2011

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