31 Jul 2012

Boldly listen to narration of the Mars landing like no one has done before.  Touchdown of Curiosity is scheduled for August 6th at 1:31 a.m. EDT.  NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover will make one of the most complex and dangerous landings ever attempted by a spacecraft.  Previous versions of spacecrafts have used airbag type landings but due to the immense size of Curiosity it is using a multi-stage landing in its seven minutes of terror.  To help make the public aware of this mission, NASA has produced two videos to inform the world about the mission, narrated by William Shatner and Wil Wheaton.  Both videos are the same, just the narrators differ.  You decide TOS or TNG.

If the Curiosity landing goes smoothly it will land in Gale Crater after its 8 month journey.  Gale Crater is 20 kilometers by 4 kilometers in size.  After the landing NASA can move on with the $2.5 billion mission and begin searching for signs of past or present water on the Red Planet.  The landing will be televised live from the NASA/JPL Ustream channel on Sunday evening.

Source:  YouTube/NASA images


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