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This date in science: Mars Curiosity rover’s seven minutes of terror

Final seven minutes of Curiosity rover’s chilling descent to Mars on August 5-6, 2012 in one of the best NASA videos ever. Watch this!

August 5-6, 2012. NASA’s Curiosity rover is a 1-ton robot – about the mass of an SUV. It made an unprecedented landing on Mars at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on August 5, 2012 (5:31 UTC on August 6, 2012). The excellent video below shows how the risky maneuver kept rover team members in suspense for 7 fateful minutes. Don’t miss this video!

Deborah Byrd