(6 Jun 2018) US MARS ROVER TIMELINE
SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS/NASA
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Pasadena, California - 25 July 2012
1. Various of Curiosity Mars rover "stunt double"
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Matt Heverly, Lead Rover Driver, NASA:
"I mean, we are landing a ton, a ton of vehicle - it weighs 900kg - on the surface of another planet, hundreds of millions of miles away. That is a really hard thing to do."
3. Various of Curiosity Mars rover "stunt double" on rocks
4. Promo video showing Mars Curiosity work in the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Cape Canaveral, Florida - 26 Nov 2011
5. Wide of Atlas V rocket launch, carrying NASA's Mars Curiosity rover
6. Wide zoom out of rocket leaving launch pad
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Pete Theisinger, Project Manager of the Mars Exploration Rover Project:
"Our spacecraft is in excellent health and it's on its way to Mars."
8. Wide of rocket ascending
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Doug McCuistion, Director, Mars Exploration Program:
"We have started an era... a new era of exploration of Mars with this mission. Not just technologically, but scientifically - as John said. I hope we have more work than the scientists can actually handle. Once we get to the surface, I expect them all to be overrun with data that they've never seen before."
10. Wide of boosters separating from rocket
11. View from onboard camera as rocket leaves Earth's atmosphere
Pasadena, California - 5 August 2012
12. Wide of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory news conference with NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld (left) and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Charles Elachi (right)
13. Mid of Elachi speaking
14. SOUNDBITE (English) John Grunsfeld, NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate:
"And I think the event we're going to see tonight is probably the hardest thing we've tried, certainly at Mars - maybe the hardest thing we've tried on any robotic spacecraft. So that means the outcome is uncertainty. But that's what drives people to perform at much higher levels is that challenge, the excitement of the challenge and the potential return."
15. Animation of Curiosity rover landing on Mars
Pasadena, California - 6 August 2012
16. Mid of NASA employees waiting nervously in control room for landing
17. Wide of NASA employees cheering as they receive report that landing was successful
18. Various of NASA employees cheering, embracing
19. Mid of NASA scientists entering news conference
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator:
"Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether life ever existed there on Mars, or if the planet can sustain life in the future."
21. Animation showing location of camera on Curiosity rover
22. STILL of Martian surface taken by Curiosity camera
23. STILL of larger black-and-white image behind colour image
24. Animation of approximate location of Curiosity rover
25. STILL of Martian surface taken by Curiosity camera
26. 360-degree photographic image of Mars surface taken from navigator camera on board Curiosity
Pasadena, California - 9 August 2012
27. Wide of news conference at Jet Propulsion Laboratory
28. SOUNDBITE (English) Dawn Sumner, Long Term Planning, Curiosity:
Washington - 12 March 2013
30. Wide shot of NASA panel
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