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Launch Sequence Diagram

Launch Sequence Diagram
Key events during launch are shown in the launch sequence diagram.


The following are computer generated scenes depicted from the simulated Mars Science Laboratory launch (325 Mb).



Curiosity Rover on the Launch Pad

Curiosity Rover on the Launch Pad



Rocket Launched

Rocket Launched



Burnout and Jettison of the 4 Solid Rocket Motors

Burnout and Jettison of the 4 Solid Rocket Motors



Jettison of the Payload Fairing

Jettison of the Payload Fairing



Booster Engine Cuttoff title=

Booster Engine Cuttoff



Atlas and Upper Stage Centaur Separation

Atlas and Upper Stage Centaur Separation


Stage 1 Main Engine Starts (MES 1) title=

Stage 1 Main Engine Starts (MES 1)


First Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 1) title=

First Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 1)


Stage 2 Main Engine Starts (MES 2)

Stage 2 Main Engine Starts (MES 2)


Second Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 2) title=

Second Main Engine Cutoff (MECO 2)


Curiosity Spacecraft Separates to Cruise Phasetitle=

Curiosity Spacecraft Separates to Cruise Phase


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