Curiosity captured this image of its heat shield, with the MEDLI hardware attached, falling to the surface of Mars following separation.
When the Curiosity rover landed on Mars on Aug. 6, researchers for the MSL Entry, Descent, & Landing Instrument (MEDLI) were already cheering.
At 1:30 a.m. EDT, more than 300 people sat in the Virginia Air Space Center's IMAX theater with expectations and uncertainty. No one could predict what was about to happen.
Langley Research Center has two critical roles in NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission.
From Viking to Mars Rover Curiosity, Langley has been part of each of NASA's Mars explorations.
NASA's Curiosity rover has landed on Mars!
NASA scientists specializing in hypersonic flight can't wait to get their hands on data that'll be captured during Curiosity's Mars landing.
More than 30 participants arrived at Langley this morning for NASA Langley's Mars Science Laboratory Social Media event.
Though the Curiosity rover is expected to land at approximately 1:31 a.m. EST, NASA Langley Research Center's role with the Mars Science Laboratory comes into play at about 1:24 a.m. EST, when a complex sequence of events unfolds during Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL).
Sensors in MSL's heat shield feed NASA researchers' curiosity about high-speed flight in out-of-this-world atmospheres.
During a Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) news conference at NASA's Langley Research Center, Jody Davis compared her role in the mission to an Olympic athlete who has trained for years.
Imagine the Curiosity rover as it lands on Mars on begins to explore the Gale Crater. From the mast of the rover, the ChemCam shoots a laser beam at rocks and soil as smoke arises.
Jim Young knows what folks at NASA will be going through when the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission plunges into the Martian atmosphere at more than 13,000 miles per hour in hopes of a safe landing in the early morning hours of August 6th.
More than 200 people – NASA Langley employees and their families and members of the public - crammed into the IMAX theatre at the Virginia Air & Space Center, Nov. 26, the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving.
As members of NASA Langley's Mars Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) team entered the newsroom of the Pearl Young Theatre, lenses and microphones turned in their direction.
Dozens of employees at NASA's Langley Research Center are eagerly awaiting the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the scheduled launch of Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and its Curiosity rover.
08.02.12 - When the Mars Science Laboratory enters the atmosphere of the red planet this weekend, engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center will experience the thrill-ride of their lives.
08.02.12 - Social media followers at NASA Langley Research Center and six other agency field centers will virtually come together at a NASA Social on Friday, Aug. 3.
07.31.12 - NASA invites the public to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math -- and the Mars Curiosity Rover -- at Pocono Raceway Aug. 3 to 5.
11.17.11 - Media are invited to join NASA employees and the public as they watch the lift-off of the Mars Science Laboratory mission Nov. 25 at the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton.