Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you know that the current “big thing” in space exploration is NASA’s Curiosity Rover: The Coolest Mars Landing Ever Attempted. What you might not be aware of, however, is that it’s scheduled to make its landing on Mars in just over three and a half days – at at 05:31 UTC (1:31am EDT) on August 6, 2012, to be precise.
I’ve been following the progress of the mission for weeks now, and collecting tons and tons of links, but the following videos are by far the coolest things I’ve seen. The first is one of the two “Grand Entrance” mission videos hosted by Star Trek actors William Shatner and Wil Wheaton. As far as I know, the only difference between the two is the narrator, so I’ve chosen to show just the William Shatner version in this post:
The second video is called “7 Minutes of Terror” and it does an even better job of detailing the frighteningly large number of things that have to go just right in order for Curiosity to safely land on Mars to begin its actual job as the Mars Science Laboratory:
Wow, those videos just blow me away every time I see them. I, for one, will be sitting on pins and needles pretty much all of Sunday night!
Anyway… here’s a few links to more information if you want to follow up:
BTW, the first two links even have cool “Countdown Timers” to help you stay on track with the mission.
I want ice water.
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