November 27, 2011 AT 1:03 am

How the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) will land…

How the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) will land.

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  1. I didn’t see any solar panels on the rover. Is it nuclear?

  2. Exactly, it’s power by a plutonium 238 generator.
    The decaying plutonium produce heat, that is then converted to electricity by a thermoelectric generator, producing 110W of power.

    Here is a great video explaining this:

    Another great reference:


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