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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility technicians prepare to separate the two components of the aeroshell after testing.

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At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians prepare 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.


MSL's components include a compact car-sized rover, Curiosity, which has 10 science instruments designed to search for evidence on whether Mars has had environments favorable to microbial life, including chemical ingredients for life. The unique rover will use a laser to look inside rocks and release its gasses so that the rover’s spectrometer can analyze and send the data back to Earth. Launch of MSL aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is scheduled for Nov. 25 from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/msl. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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  • Title: At the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility technicians prepare to separate the two components of the aeroshell after testing.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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