The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Curiosity telecommunications hardware
Filed under pics of spacecraft in space, explaining technology, spacecraft, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)
The rover achieves communications through three antennas. The cylinder-shaped ultra-high frequency (UHF) antenna is for communications with orbiting spacecraft. The pole-shaped low-gain antenna (LGA) and hexagonal, steerable high-gain antenna (HGA) are for direct-to-Earth (DTE) communications. These images were taken on sol 125 (December 12, 2012), when the rover was in Yellowknife Bay.
NASA / JPL / Emily Lakdawalla
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Original image data dated on or about December 12, 2012
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