Timeline of Major Mission Events During Curiosity's Landing
The following data were compiled by Curiosity's Entry, Descent and Landing team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. It provides a timeline of critical mission events that occurred on the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (early on Aug. 6 EDT).
Time of Event Occurrence at Mars (PDT) [10:10:45.7 PM] Atmospheric Entry [10:15:04.9 PM] Parachute Deploy [10:15:24.6 PM] Heat Shield Separation [10:17:38.6 PM] Rover Separation (from Descent Stage) [10:17:57.3 PM] Touchdown
Time Event Occurrence Received on Earth (PDT) [10:24:33.8 PM] Atmospheric Entry [10:28:53.0 PM] Parachute Deploy [10:29:12.7 PM] Heat Shield Separation [10:31:26.7 PM] Rover Separation (from Descent Stage) [10:31:45.4 PM] Touchdown