SEVEN MINUTES OF TERROR — that’s how NASA describes the audacious landing maneuver of the Mars rover set to land on Aug. 5th
In the most complex rocket-landing ever attempted, NASA will literally drop its latest Mar rover onto the Mars surface by a crane from a hovering mother ship. Really!
A year ago (July 12, 2011), I gave you a heads up on NASA’s marvel of planetary-exploration technology in my blog post: “Take a peek at NASA’s next Mars rover. It’s the size of a Mini Cooper!”
Well, the rover’s 354-million-mile, eight-and-half-month journey is just about over. “Curiosity” — the nickname for this out-of-this-world vehicle — is poised to land on the Red Planet.
Check out a superb article by UK’s DailyMail — with photos, illustrations, and spine-tingling landing animation — here: http://bit.ly/NVBY32
Get ready for a wild ride on August 5th. Buckle up!
Illustration courtesy of NASA