Welwyn man’s role in NASA’s Mars landing

PUBLISHED: 06:20 10 August 2012

Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail
This color full-resolution image showing the heat shield of NASA's Curiosity rover was obtained during descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI and shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft.

Curiosity's Heat Shield in Detail This color full-resolution image showing the heat shield of NASA's Curiosity rover was obtained during descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as MARDI and shows the 15-foot (4.5-meter) diameter heat shield when it was about 50 feet (16 meters) from the spacecraft.

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NASA’s latest Mars explorer has landed on the Red Planet to search for life – and so has a space expert from Welwyn!

Jerry Stone, a a freelance presenter on space exploration, can now say he has landed on Mars four times (well kind of) as again last week his name was attached to NASA’s latest Mars Rover – ‘Curiosity’, which landed on our nearest planet last Monday.

Curiosity, officially named The Mars Science Laboratory, carried a micro-chip with the names of the mission supporters, including the “very happy” Jerry, who has had his name on previous missions including two Mars Exploration Rovers in 2004 and the Phoenix lander in 2008.


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