It’s a little over a month until NASA’s new Mars rover, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), lands on the surface of Mars (Anticipated landing time is 0531 GMT, 0631BST on the 6th August – subject to refinement).
The hardest part of this mission? Entry, Descent and Landing. Curiosity will hit the Martian atmosphere at a little over 13,000mph and it’s got to get to 0mph…in 7 minutes. This fantastic video shows you the difficulties that will be faced and the technology designed to overcome it. Trust me, you’ll be impressed!
I’m thankfully on a day off on the said date, and will be getting up early to follow the EDL’s progress and the first pictures that come through. I think the hashtag #MarsCuriosity will be used on Twitter. So join in!
- The Secrets of Gale Crater: Why Curiosity Isn’t Looking for Life (orbitaleccentricity.wordpress.com)
- NASA Mars Rover Team Aims for Landing Closer to Prime Science Site (spacefellowship.com)
- For NASA’s Mars rover, the stakes are high (mnn.com)
- NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter out of Safe Mode and back to Full Service (clarksvilleonline.com)