In April, 2011, the engineers at JPL gave Boing Boing permission to visit the clean room where the next Mars rover, Curiosity, had just been completed, for an exclusive first look.
The full Boing Boing photo gallery is here, with caption assist from JPL.
Above, the Mars Science Laboratory's descent stage, which files the rover down to Mars' surface using eight rockets, and lowers it on a tether for landing. The orange spheres are propellant tanks.
Here's a roundup of ways to watch, as Curiosity attempts landing the night of Aug 5 (that's tomorrow).
* There are even more images on Joseph's site (pssst: news orgs, they're available for licensing, ask him.)
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