Worth knowing | thyssenkrupp provided materials for the Mars Rover project
On April 16, 2015, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, better known as Curiosity, passed 10 kilometers of total driving to investigate and find clues in the rocks about possible past life. Its landing in 2012 marked the culmination of hard work for many parties involved – thyssenkrupp was one of them.
In November 2011, years of work for the Jet Propulsion Lab Division of NASA (JPL) resulted in the launch of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory. As the leading US center for robotic exploration of the solar system, JPL had been actively involved with the development of the Mars Science Laboratory rover, better known as Curiosity, for over five years.
The Copper and Brass Sales Division of thyssenkrupp Materials NA, provided both plate stock and forged blocks of 7050 aluminum to Jet Propulsion Lab Division of NASA (JPL). As the leading US center for robotic exploration of the solar system, JPL had been actively involved with the development of the Mars Science Laboratory rover for over five years.
The specific alloy was chosen for a reason; high strength, resistance to corrosion cracking as well as fracture toughness are just a few of the properties that make this aluminum ideal for the demanding environment the products in the aerospace industry need to withstand. The supplied materials were machined into elements of the descent stage landing gear. On August 6, 2012, the descent stage successfully guided the rover onto the surface of Mars.