Today in science: 7 minutes of terror

To celebrate the 4-year anniversary of Curiosity rover’s arrival on Mars, here’s a video on the final 7 minutes of its chilling descent on August 5-6, 2012.

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 above shows how the risky maneuver kept rover team members in suspense for 7 fateful minutes.

Curiosity’s mission is to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. You can keep track of what Curiosity is doing here and get the latest mission updates here.

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Bottom line: NASA video describes the final 7 minutes of the Curiosity rover’s chilling descent to the surface of Mars on August 5-6, 2012.

Deborah Byrd