Some of the technology behind the Curiosity Mars rover comes from our backyard.

The image sensors were made by Waterloo’s Teledyne DALSA.

“I’m definitely going to be paying close attention.”

Neil Humpfrey, spokesperson, Teledyne DALSA. Humphrey says the components they make act like the Curiosity Rover’s eyes.

“The image sensors in the navigation camera, and the hazard avoidance cameras on the rover itself,” Humphrey said, “There are 12 of them in total.”

Humphrey says other companies under the Teledyne-umbrella made parts for curiosity, from the power system, to parts that help the lander touch down safely.

Want to watch the Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity rover touch down?  It’s set for Monday morning at 1:30. There are three places you can find the web-stream, posted below:

NASA TV

USTREAM

Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Caltech