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08.09.2012

Timeline of Major Mission Events During Curiosity's Landing

Timeline of Major Mission Events During Curiosity's Landing
Timeline of Major Mission Events During Curiosity's Landing
Curiosity's EDL team release a timeline for mission milestones surrounding the landing of the Mars rover.

The following data were compiled by Curiosity's Entry, Descent and Landing team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. It provides a timeline of critical mission events that occurred on the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early on Aug. 6 EDT).

Time of Event Occurrence at Mars (PDT)
[10:10:45.7 PM] Atmospheric Entry
[10:15:04.9 PM] Parachute Deploy
[10:15:24.6 PM] Heat Shield Separation
[10:17:38.6 PM] Rover Separation (from Descent Stage)
[10:17:57.3 PM] Touchdown

Time Event Occurrence Received on Earth (PDT)
[10:24:33.8 PM] Atmospheric Entry
[10:28:53.0 PM] Parachute Deploy
[10:29:12.7 PM] Heat Shield Separation
[10:31:26.7 PM] Rover Separation (from Descent Stage)
[10:31:45.4 PM] Touchdown

For more information on NASA's Curiosity mission, visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl, http://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl. Follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at: http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity and http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity. For more about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mro.

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Guy Webster/D.C. Agle 818-354-5011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov / agle@jpl.nasa.gov

Dwayne Brown/Steve Cole 202-358-1726/202-358-0918
NASA Headquarters, Washington
Dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov / Stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov


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