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Heat Shield Readied for Next Mars Rover
07.10.09
 
finished heat shield for NASA's Mars Science LaboratoryThe finished heat shield for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory is the largest ever built for descending through the atmosphere of any planet. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin
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Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, has finished building and testing the heat shield for protecting the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory project. This heat shield is even larger than the ones used for protecting Apollo astronauts as they returned to Earth.

For more information, go to the Lockheed Martin news release at http://www.lockheedmartin.com/news/press_releases/2009/0616ssMSLHeatShield.html .