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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Tom Rivellini backstage at Expand (video)

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Tom Rivellini backstage at Expand (video)

If you truly were terrified during the Seven Minutes of Terror that saw the Curiosity Rover successfully land on Mars, you can blame NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Tom Rivellini. As JPL’s Principal Engineer for Entry Descent and Landing Systems, Rivellini co-invented the sky crane landing system that helped the rover plant its wheels on the red planet. He met with us backstage to discuss the challenges that have been encountered with these feats of engineering, and what he’s currently working on: a new parachute and heat shield system for landing spacecraft carrying humans or larger rovers on Mars. Hit the jump for the full interview on video.

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Space Exploration After the Shuttle liveblog

Space Exploration After the Shuttle liveblog

America’s space shuttle program may have come to an end when Atlantis was laid to rest at the Kennedy Space Center, but that’s done nothing to dampen our interest in the universe through which we float. NASA’s Curiosity captivates us with pictures and data from the Martian surface, and private ventures are popping up to replace shuttered, publicly funded programs. Join the SS Engadget for our panel on the future of space exploration — introduced by Patrick O’Neill of the ISS, steered by our captain Brian Heater, and manned by Tom Rivellini of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Alexandra Hall of Google’s Lunar X PRIZE, and Michael Laine of the LiftPort Group.

March 17, 2013 11:30 AM EST

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