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Mars Science Laboratory Cruise Propulsion Maneuvering OperationsMars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" is NASA's most recent mission to Mars, launched in November 2011, and landed in August 2012. It is a subcompact car-sized nuclear powered rover designed for a long duration mission, with an extensive suite of science instruments. Entry, descent and landing used a unique "skycrane" concept. This report describes the propulsive maneuvering operations during cruise from Earth to Mars, to control attitudes and to target the vehicle for entry. The propulsion subsystem, mission operations, and flight performance are discussed. All trajectory control maneuvers were well within accuracy requirements, and all turns and spin corrections were nominal.
Barber, Todd J. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
August 27, 2013
June 1, 2013
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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