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The manufacturing plant that helped move the Mars Rover

A short film — as part of the Rockford, Illinois “Our City, Our Story” series — highlights the manufacturing plant in Rockford that built the gears that went into the Mars Curiosity Rover. The plant also was responsible for the gears that went into the crane that lowered the Mars Rover, which were critical to the landing and continued success of the rover.

In the video, several of the manufacturer’s employees discuss the challenges and stress of building gears that were critical to Curiosity’s mission. But they also talk about their pride. It must be a great feeling to think that something you’ve had a hand in building, something you’ve physically touched, is now part of an historic mission on another planet.

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