ManTech Helps Uncover the Mysteries of Mars – Onboard Curiosity

Are you excited about what we could soon learn about Mars—including the possibility of life on the Red Planet?

The one-ton rover Curiosity drew the world’s attention when it landed on Mars. But ManTech’s engineers and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Goddard Space Flight Center have supported the development of rover Curiosity for the past eight years. ManTech assessed the reliability and risks of all flight hardware systems through processes that included complex circuit simulation, natural space environments modeling and testing, systems safety analysis, and quality assurance. We performed more than 450 highly technical component, circuit board, systems, and spacecraft analyses at JPL to identify any reliability issues that could compromise the mission. Our team also predicted natural space environments through extensive modeling simulation, and performed environmental testing on critical flight hardware systems.

ManTech engineers at Goddard supported the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite of instruments onboard NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). The rover will use the scientific instruments to investigate the past and present ability of Mars to support life. The laboratory of instruments will explore molecular and elemental chemistry relevant to life through a search for organic compounds, the chemical state of light elements (other than carbon), and isotopic tracers of planetary change. So, as the rover continues to send images and scientific discoveries home, it will use hardware supported by ManTech expertise and innovation.

"We are honored to take part in the development of space flight hardware systems including those that collect science data onboard the Curiosity rover," said ManTech Vice President Dave Eidson. "This is a critical mission and we look forward to the new discoveries it will bring."