August 3, 2012
In October of 2011, the camera captures a unique view of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, as a technician separates the overhead crane from the cruise stage after it was lifted onto a rotation stand. The cruise stage provides solar power, thrusters for navigation, and heat exchangers to the rover during its nine-month flight from Earth to Mars. (NASA/Glenn Benson) InFocus: Curiosity Just Days Away From Mars

In October of 2011, the camera captures a unique view of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, as a technician separates the overhead crane from the cruise stage after it was lifted onto a rotation stand. The cruise stage provides solar power, thrusters for navigation, and heat exchangers to the rover during its nine-month flight from Earth to Mars. (NASA/Glenn Benson) InFocus: Curiosity Just Days Away From Mars

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