How Things Work: Dropping in on Mars
NASA's Curiosity rover will try a new way of landing on another planet.
- By Tony Reichhardt
- Illustrations by Harry Whitver
- Air & Space magazine, January 2012
About the size of a small car, Curiosity is five times heavier than the last Mars rovers and has a bigger experimental payload: 165 pounds versus 11. The new rover carries more and better science instruments, and is designed to last longer (687 days vs. 90) and travel farther (12 miles vs. 0.6).