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[b]Entry, descent and landing timeline activated[/b]
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) continues its final preparations for entry, descent and landing this upcoming weekend.
On July 30, the flight team completed and confirmed a memory test on the software for the mechanical assembly that controls MSL's descent motor. They also configured the spacecraft for its transition to entry, descent and landing approach mode, and they enabled the spacecraft's hardware pyrotechnic devices.
MSL is now under the control of the autonomous entry, descent and landing timeline flight software. The flight team continues to monitor Curiosity's onboard systems and flight trajectory. The spacecraft and ground systems remain in good health, with no significant issues being worked.
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