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Why NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Landing Will Be Seven Minutes of Absolute Terror


On August 5, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will touch down on the surface of the Red Planet. Or that’s what we all hope, because it will be the craziest landing in the history of space exploration.

Curious Where To Watch Curiosity?


  • Check out NASA TV’s online coverage starting a little later this evening (8:30 PM Pacific). They’ll have briefings and up-to-the minute coverage
  • Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer) will be doing a live Google+ Hangout with a few other space folks starting at 8:00 PM Pacific. Always smart stuff from Phil.
  • The Radiolab guys will have their own Google+ Hangout going on too starting about the same time as the others. Robert Krulwich makes everything sound better, so this should be great.
  • Follow @MarsCuriosity on Twitter for live coverage from the self-aware artificial intelligence onboard the rover.

I suppose you could follow me on Twitter for updates, too. But I’ll probably be too busy biting my nails and being excited to remember to tweet it all?

Ships & Dodecahedrons: Does anyone ever stop to think just how amazing this Mars Curiosity rover is?



I mean…

We engineered this incredible piece of technology to great precision, with state-of-the-art robotics and scientific instruments.

We put the thing, unmanned, on top of a giant tube of highly combustible fuel, which itself is a marvel of engineering and power, and shot it out of the atmosphere and toward a tiny point of light millions of miles from Earth.


We waited over 8 months while this small craft traversed the vacuum of space at great speed, getting ever closer to our planetary neighbor, the whole time keeping on a precise course after being launched from and heading toward constantly-moving planets to ensure it reaches just the right location in a fairly small window of space and time.


And soon, our craft, aiming for a relatively small area on the surface of the planet, is going to slam into the Mars atmosphere at high velocity and endure intense heat that would melt the craft if it weren’t for its heat shield.


In the span of several minutes, it will then have to engage in a number of precisely-timed maneuvers and functions as it hurtles toward the surface of Mars; deploying a parachute, firing boosters, bringing it practically to a hover over the surface, before finally lowering the rover itself to the surface with a sky crane.


Assuming that all goes off without a hitch, our curious not-actually-so-little rover will robotically wander and study the sands of an alien world, possibly bringing forth wondrous new discoveries.

Isn’t that amazing?


Space exploration ftw!!

NASA - Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars


Latest Mission updates and real time footage

Its approximately 352 million mile (567 million kilometer), 36-week journey from Earth nearly complete, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and its Curiosity rover are “all systems go” for touchdown in Mars’…




Has NASA’s Curiosity rover made a big discovery?NASA scientists are to checking and double-checking the results before announcing the Mars Science Laboratory’s potential findings.


Has NASA’s Curiosity rover made a big discovery?
NASA scientists are to checking and double-checking the results before announcing the Mars Science Laboratory’s potential findings.

What do you guys think Curiosity might have found?

NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Essential Ingredients for Life in Ancient Rock Sample

by Ryan Grenoble, Huffington Post

This, of course, is a developing story.