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Home NASA Dryden’s F/A-18 No. 852 rolls into a 40-degree dive during verification and validation flight tests of the Mars Science Laboratory’s landing radar housed in a pod under its left wing. (NASA / Carla Thomas) NASA Dryden's F/A-18 No. 852 rolls into a 40-degree dive during verification and validation flight tests of the Mars Science Laboratory's landing radar housed in a pod under its left wing. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

NASA Dryden’s F/A-18 No. 852 rolls into a 40-degree dive during verification and validation flight tests of the Mars Science Laboratory’s landing radar housed in a pod under its left wing. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

NASA Dryden's F/A-18 No. 852 rolls into a 40-degree dive during verification and validation flight tests of the Mars Science Laboratory's landing radar housed in a pod under its left wing. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

NASA Dryden’s F/A-18 No. 852 rolls into a 40-degree dive during verification and validation flight tests of the Mars Science Laboratory’s landing radar housed in a pod under its left wing. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

Jim Montgomery, JPL’s field test lead for the Mars Science Laboratory’s Terminal Descent Sensor landing radar, outlined flight tests of the system housed in a Quick-Test Experimental Pod on one of NASA Dryden’s F/A-18 aircraft during the spring of 2011. (NASA / Tom Tschida)