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Scary Landing Awaits Mars-Bound Rover

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A cliff-hanger moment will come on Aug. 6, 2012, when the 1,980-pound rover is lowered to the surface of Mars by a rocket-powered sky crane making its debut flight. "We call it the 'six-minutes of terror,'" said Doug McCuistion, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program."It is pretty scary, but my confidence level is really high. arrow3.gifRead more...

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This is certainly a challenging landing, 900kg of sensitive equipment. Fingers crossed it goes as planned.

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The bigger they are... boink

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it sure looks complicated. Hope it works ok.

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Well I sure hope they have their numbers right and it succeeds :w00t: , but I wont be too surprised when it turns out to be the biggest and most expensive scrap heap on mars :cry: .

Wheeeeeeee....... BOOOOM.... :devil:

Or maybe if it fails we can always blame it on the martians shooting it down :alien: .

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It will land like a feather ! a quite heavy feather albeit !

Would Love to see the decent staages in real time and the un-veiling!

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This is going to be awesome,... Good luck to everyone involved/interested in this mission.

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If it works I'll be VERY IMPRESSED and,I suspect, so will they!

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This is going to be awesome,... Good luck to everyone involved/interested in this mission.

Maybe they will find exhibit A. :yes:

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Let's hope that the complex jet pack system works out fine and that the touchdown on the surface of Mars will be successful! Looking forward to the arrival next August.

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