Take me to your leader

Aug 09, 2012 | 05:37 PM |

Tags  NASA, Curiosity rover, Mars, GrafTech International, Mars Science Laboratory, phenolic impregnated carbon ablator, PICA, Robin Beck Ames Research Center

It’s going to take time and tons of science to determine if there is--or ever was--life on Mars but it only took hours after NASA’s unmanned mobile laboratory, aptly named “Curiosity”, landed on the surface of the Red Planet for two well-known names in metals circles to align themselves with the 98-week mission.
First out of the gate was GrafTech International, a Parma, Ohio-based global graphite materials science company which claims to have developed and manufactured the thermal solutions that were used in Curiosity’s heat shield. The shield, measuring almost 15 feet in diameter (14.8 feet to be exact) and billed as the largest ever built for a planetary mission, was designed to protect the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) from the intense heat and friction generated during its’ descent through the Martian atmosphere. Mission accomplished and to commemorate the occasion, the....





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