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Mars Rover to undergo complex landing


Posted on Thursday, 1 December, 2011 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Karlis


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A nailbiting landing awaits the Curiosity Mars rover once it reaches its destination next year.

Due to its large size and weight the car-sized Curiosity will depend upon a complex series of rocket boosters to slowly decrease its speed as it descends towards the surface. "We call it the 'six-minutes of terror," said the director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program Doug McCuistion. "It is pretty scary, but my confidence level is really high."

"With the successful launch of the Mars Science Laboratory on Saturday, NASA can breathe easy -- for a few months anyway."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by 27vet on 1 December, 2011, 12:52
This is certainly a challenging landing, 900kg of sensitive equipment. Fingers crossed it goes as planned.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Salt&SulphurStone on 1 December, 2011, 21:19
The bigger they are... boink
Comment icon #3 Posted by angi chiesa on 2 December, 2011, 6:18
it sure looks complicated. Hope it works ok.
Comment icon #4 Posted by HawkLord on 2 December, 2011, 15:37
Well I sure hope they have their numbers right and it succeeds , but I wont be too surprised when it turns out to be the biggest and most expensive scrap heap on mars . Wheeeeeeee....... BOOOOM.... Or maybe if it fails we can always blame it on the martians shooting it down .
Comment icon #5 Posted by DONTEATUS on 4 December, 2011, 19:55
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!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Hazzard on 6 December, 2011, 12:14
This is going to be awesome,... Good luck to everyone involved/interested in this mission.
Comment icon #7 Posted by and then on 23 December, 2011, 2:33
If it works I'll be VERY IMPRESSED and,I suspect, so will they!
Comment icon #8 Posted by 27vet on 23 December, 2011, 6:15
This is going to be awesome,... Good luck to everyone involved/interested in this mission. Maybe they will find exhibit A.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Earthling70 on 25 December, 2011, 19:48
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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