Packing a Mars Rover for the Trip to Florida

23 Jun , 2011 by Video

Check out this way cool time-lapse movie of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover as its being packed up for her trip to Florida.

The video covers a 4 day period from June 13 to 17 and is condensed to just 1 minute. Watch the JPL engineers and technicians prepare Curiosity and the descent stage for shipping to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and place it inside a large protective shipping container.

The rover and descent stage will be delivered to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at KSC is the next stop for Curiosity on its way to Destination Mars. Curiosity will be shipped to Florida in the next few days. The facility is used for NASA landers subject to the most stringent planetary protection requirements.

Curiosity will be delivered to a high tech cleanroom at KSC. After arriving, the rover will undergo a wide ranging series of flight system checks to insure the rover is ready to rove on the red planet and that it survived the shipping across the US. Also, installation of the final few components including the RTG power source will be completed.

The launch window for Curiosity open on November 25. The rover will blast to space atop a powerful Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Curiosity is larger than Spirit and Opportunity, measuring some three meters long and equipped with a much more powerful array of science instruments. Curiosity will search for environmental conditions that could have been conducive to supporting martian life – in the past or present – if it ever even existed.

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Tony Power
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Tony Power
June 23, 2011 4:54 AM

I used to transport cargo accross the country here in Austraila. Had a few accidents with forklifts and such loading and unloading. I would be scared out of my wits if I was transporting this thing.

Ivan3man_At_Large
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Ivan3man_At_Large
June 23, 2011 12:36 PM

“Austraila”?

Patrick Ahles
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June 23, 2011 1:43 PM

Wow, somebody made a typo. How funny! sad

Ivan3man_At_Large
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Ivan3man_At_Large
June 23, 2011 3:37 PM

Chill, dude. I just found it funny that an Australian, of all people, would misspell the name of his country. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing personal against Australians; I think that they have a great sense of humour — which you seem to be lacking in!

Ivan3man_At_Large
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Ivan3man_At_Large
June 23, 2011 3:37 PM

Chill, dude. I just found it funny that an Australian, of all people, would misspell the name of his country. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing personal against Australians; I think that they have a great sense of humour — which you seem to be lacking in!

William928
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William928
June 23, 2011 11:44 PM

err, a dangling preposition? I thought you were better than that IVAN.

Ivan3man_At_Large
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Ivan3man_At_Large
June 24, 2011 11:40 AM

Comments are generally informal writing; however, in formal writing, a dangling preposition is something up with which I will not put! wink

Patrick Ahles
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June 24, 2011 10:16 AM

Oh come on, this isn’t first time you take pleasure in “correcting” other people… At some point it just stops being funny.

Torbjorn Larsson OM
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Torbjorn Larsson OM
June 24, 2011 12:12 PM

Who is obsessive, the repetitive person or the person who takes notice?

[I’m just kidding, it is like other irritants; if you never scratch you aren’t healthy either. Just don’t dig too deep. :-/]

Ivan3man_At_Large
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Ivan3man_At_Large
June 23, 2011 3:37 PM

Chill, dude. I just found it funny that an Australian, of all people, would misspell the name of his country. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing personal against Australians; I think that they have a great sense of humour — which you seem to be lacking in!

Nexus
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June 23, 2011 5:05 AM

[IVAN]Should be “it’s” with an apostrophe in the first sentence, and “conditions” in the last.[/IVAN]

Billycan
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Billycan
June 23, 2011 9:49 AM

How much is that Rover worth? (insurance must be a challenge!)

Anonymous
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Anonymous
June 23, 2011 3:19 PM

I’m assuming they’ve built two of these vehicles (a twin) as they’ve done with previous rovers. They do this for problem-solving purposes, the need to replicate the conditions and situations occurring on the Martian surface.

Tater Nogin
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Tater Nogin
June 23, 2011 8:51 PM

I’d thing the Vegas odds are against this thing making it. The descent to landing profile is a Rube Goldberg design.

William928
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William928
June 23, 2011 11:47 PM

I’ll gladly take your money! To Jose’s point below, there may be a twin. BTW, before IVAN points it out, “thing” should be “think”.

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