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The Lander Returns

12 Aug 2011, 15:22 UTC
The Lander Returns
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The lander structure returned to the Planetary Robotics High Bay on Tuesday after nearly two months on the road. The lander structure had been in southern California for shake testing, on display for the Lunar Science Forum at NASA Ames, and presented at Alcoa's research facility near Pittsburgh. Everything that is aluminum-colored is the actual flight article; gold portions either are mass simulators that are standing in for eventual hardware such as side attitude control thrusters or to-be-designed items such as legs and footpads.
As the rover was traveling, the video team completed a video composition documenting all stages of the lander build, including fabrication, assembly, and presentation.

Below is footage of the lander deck fabrication at Edgar Industries, which took a solid slab of aluminum and carved out pockets in triangular patterns to lighten the deck while retaining its strength and stiffness.

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