How the Curiosity rover will land on Mars | The Space Shot – CNET News

Unlike past Mars missions, the Curiosity rover will not set down atop a legged lander or bounce to the surface surrounded by shock-absorbing airbags. Instead, it will be lowered to the ground and set on its wheels by a slowly descending “sky crane” designed to unreel the lander like a lure on a fishing line.

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