Mars Landing: 7 Minutes of Terror
By: Andi Grill
We're only a few days away from touch down for the Curiosity Mars rover this Sunday, August 5! And SCIENCE will be airing a special about the Mars landing, Mars Landing 2012: The New Search for Life, on Monday, August 6 at 10PM E/P.
This latest mission to Mars is to search for any signs of life - past, present or future. The rover will begin the mission inside a huge impact basin called the Gale Crater, which could prove to be the remains of an ancient lake, and span out from there.
What most people don't realize is what an epic task it is just to land the rover on the surface of Mars without something going horrendously wrong. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories created this video to help people understand just how difficult the landing will be: