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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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2 Comments

  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:
    http://www.space.com/13338-mars-rover-powered-plutonium.html

    Another great reference:
    http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20111121/NEWS02/311210008/Mars-Curiosity-has-full-tank-rare-fuel

    Yves

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