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Mars Exploration

Doug McCuiston, former Director, Mars Exploration Program, NASA

On August 6th 2012, Curiosity, the NASA Mars Rover made a successful landing in Gale Crater on Mars. This marked the culmination of many years of preparation and a journey of more than 350 million miles.

In his PI Keynote, Doug McCuiston, the former Director of the program, shares his experiences of a project that required huge ingenuity, continual design innovation and the management of an entirely unique set of challenges encountered when trying to land a car sized robotic rover on a planet with conditions not replicable on Earth.

Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Animation

Building Curiosity: Mars Rover Goes From Shake to Bake