Originally Posted by Cassel's Reckoning
I guess I don't understand why we couldn't get stuff faster...unless they're using most of the bandwidth for data they need?
Curiosity can TX/RX directly with Earth, but only at 32 kbps. Most of the data is going to be sent from Curiosity via repeating through either Odyssey or MRO, as they have much more powerful transmitters. Neither is geo-synched with Curiosity, so they can only talk to her when they get LOS.